Oklahoma National Guard soldiers to deploy as Afghanistan fighting winds down

U.S. troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Several hundred Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are scheduled for deployments to the country before then.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: November 12, 2012
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An aviation unit of 38 soldiers is scheduled to leave Fort Hood, Texas, on Saturday for Afghanistan. Another 115 soldiers from the 1245th Transportation Company are scheduled to leave Monday for final training before their deployment to Afghanistan. They are set to return in September.

Sgt. Chadwick Chudoba, 24, of Del City, is one of the soldiers from the 1245th leaving Monday.

“I'm not trying to have any assumptions about the deployment,” Chudoba said. “I'm just going to take it as it comes. We've been spending about every minute of every day conducting some really excellent training, and I don't think we've wasted any time whatsoever.”

Many Guardsmen have deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Deering said seeing the job done is a high priority for those who have put in time and seen their friends give their lives in Afghanistan.

“I think certainly you get the feeling that we are making progress,” he said. “How you measure that is more of an art than it is a science. The future is what it is. We don't pull back. We continue to train. It doesn't lessen the responsibility of leaders in letting their soldiers know to always be ready.”

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