Machesney Park Nat'l Guard Unit Mobilized for Active Duty

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They've received their mobilization order and in November, 23 members of the 244th Army Liason team will be deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"Right now, we're preparing soldiers and families, making sure they're ready for when we deploy, and any of their issues are taken care of, and continue training," says Sgt. Robert Edmiston.

"With the unique type of unit, we sort of anticipated going, we didn't know for sure, but with the type of unit we are, there's only a small number of units like ours, so they're in high demand," says Edmiston.

Army Liason team units enhance relationships between u-s land force commanders and the commanders of coalition ground forces.

"They are dedicated soldiers, they are trained and ready to do the mission," says Lt. Col. Tim Franklin.

The unit will be on the sands of Iraq for a minimum of 12 months.

"I'm excited about it--it's tough, though, being away from your family--especially when you have little kids," says Edmiston.

But Srg. First Class Robert Edmiston says the unit is prepared and ready for the road ahead.

In November, the unit will head to fort McCoy in Wisconsin for further training, before heading overseas.