Nearly 60 Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers returned to the U.S. late Saturday night after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. They’re charter flight took them to Ft. Hood, Texas where they were greeted by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho Adjutant General Gary L. Sayler, and Command Sgt. Major Kenneth Downing.
Officials on the Trinity Ridge Fire are about to get some help from the Idaho National Guard. The Guard has been activated to help with Idaho wildfires because of a disaster declaration issued by Governor Butch Otter. The Idaho Emergency Operations Center is sending Guard members to the fire which is near Pine and Featherville.
Eighty National Guard members will staff 20 checkpoints in the area, 24 hours a day. The teams will consist of both airmen and soldiers from various Idaho Army and Air Guard units. They should take over the checkpoints on Sunday.
Idaho Citizen Soldiers are preparing for a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Army National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Services Aviation Battalion will head first to Fort Hood, Texas for training. Then the soldiers will travel to Afghanistan for ten months.