Some of Pennsylvania’s bravest men and women may be heading into a war zone in 2014. According to the Waynesboro Herald-Mail, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 56th Stryker Brigade may be getting deployment orders as soon as next month. The orders could mean the Stryker Brigade will be one of the last units to go to Afghanistan ahead of the United States’ planned pullout at the end of 2014.
The 3,500 to 4,000 citizen soldiers could begin training for the mission at Fort Indiantown Gap as early as 2013 with deployment planned for 2014. The 56th Stryker Brigade is the only Stryker team that is part of a National Guard unit. The other Stryker Brigades are attached to active military units.
The 56th was last deployed in 2009 and under the military’s current 5-year cycle would be up for deployment in 2014.