YAKIMA, Wash. -- More than 3,000 troops from the National Guard's 81st Brigade are scheduled to leave the Yakima Training Center on Thursday.
Each soldier's training varied depending on their mission. However, the core of their training revolved around convoy security and base security.
60% of the troops in the 81st Brigade have already served a tour in Iraq. For some, deploying for a second tour will be harder than the first.
"I'd rather not go. I've got kids this time around", says Specialist Clay Kelly. "Other than that, it's what they tell me to do".
The 81st Brigade will be on leave until August 18th, when most of the guardmen will be expected to report to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin for advanced training.
There is no set date for 81st Brigade to deploy to Iraq, but a guardsman KNDO spoke with said it will likely be sometime in October.