SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine is deploying troops in a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address. The previous president, who fled to Russia after being ousted earlier this year, accused the CIA of being behind... more »
HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Airmen of the Louisiana National Guard's 236th Combat Communication Squadron, 159th Fighter Wing, will bid farewell to family and friends during a deployment ceremony at the University of Southeastern Louisiana. About 30 airmen, based in Hammond, will deploy Wednesday afternoon for six months to Afghanistan in... more »
FORT POLK, La. (AP) - It was clear that the brigade about to ship out to eastern Afghanistan was so ready that they didn't want to wait any longer, Brig. Gen. James Yarbrough told the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. Soldiers get a "Nike attitude" before deployment, said Yarbrough, commander... more »
Practicing for real-life situations is a key part of the soldiers' training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
Simulations help the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for what they could face in Iraq.
"Communication is key-- make sure everyone communicates in the vehicle, my gunman and my driver,... more »
Advances in technology are helping soldiers in the 256th Infantry Brigade prepare for the streets of Baghdad from a trailer on the grounds of Camp Shelby. A simulator, called a Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT) allows the soldiers to ride in a virtual convoy, and creates scenarios the soldiers could... more »
Some soldiers of the 256th Infantry Brigade are leaving for their second or third deployment-- and they say it does not get any easier with time.
One Opelousas family, the Everetts, say it is actually harder than the first time, because now they have 2 kids: 10-year-old Madeline and... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A series of workshops is planned for families of soldiers in the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is to deploy in January. The purpose of the workshops is to share information with family members regarding programs and support available to them... more »