Army National Guards prepare for deployment as crisis unfolds in Iraq

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, June 12 2014 at 10:22 PM, Updated: Fri, June 13 2014 at 5:23 PM

Grants Pass, Ore.--  Dozens of Oregon Army National Guard soldiers and their families gathered for a town hall meeting Thursday night to talk about the upcoming mission.

It could be an especially unnerving time to deploy with the current situation in Iraq, but soldiers said they're ready.

Some of them who are heading to Afghanistan also fought in Iraq and despite what's going on there, soldiers say they're ready for this next assignment.

The soldiers are part of the First Battalion, 186th Infantry. They and their families got a look at what to expect as they're preparing for a nearly one year deployment in September.

And soldiers said no matter what unfolds in Iraq or Afghanistan they signed up to do a job and they're ready to do it.

"Our mission is the same regardless of what happens in Iraq. I was in Iraq for a year as well and we went over there to execute a mission and we did so very successfully," said Delta Commander, Jered Carpenter. 

Lieutenant Colonel Noel Hoback said," being in the military we're always subject to our elected leaders decision and if there's a change we're going to be flexible."

Several vendors were also at the meeting to offer their services for families while their solders are gone.

The national guardsmen and women will be training for three months before they leave for Afghanistan.

This was the third and final town hall meeting for families.

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