The Texas Army National Guard is proud to be participating in a historical event with the largest mobilization of National Guard troops since World War II. The deployment of 2944 troops will start on 15 Aug 04 and run for about 7 days until all the troops are merged together from all over Texas at Fort Hood to form the 56th Brigade Combat Team. Currently 81 soldiers from the 249th Main Support Battalion located in Austin, Texas are projected to join that team starting on 15 Aug 04. The 249th MSB is the largest National Guard Battalion in the 36th Infantry Division with units in Austin, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Temple, Killeen and Fort Worth. Soldiers from this battalion work in the support field such as cooks, mechanics, truck drivers, medics, fuelers and logistical personnel to name a few.
On 15 Aug 2004, 81 of these soldiers will meet at the Battalion HQ in Austin to say goodbye to their families. Soldiers will arrive at 2001 E 51st Street, Austin, TX 78723 no later then 1200 hrs. A formal departure ceremony will be held at 4 pm at the Armory on 51st Street. News media are invited to attend and report of the soldiers departure.
My point of contact that is coordinating this event is Master Sergeant Theresa Billeck-Zuniga. She can be reached at (512)-476-0443 ext 11, or Cell (512) 750-8784. We hope you will come and report this event.
We are proud to have soldiers from both the Temple and Killeen unit deploying this date.