An Army National Guard unit based in Illinois and Iowa is among the first to be extended beyond the scheduled one-year tour in Iraq.
The unit is F-Company of the 106th Aviation Battalion, which is based at the Greater Peoria Airport and in Davenport, Iowa. The unit has been ordered to remain in Iraq to help with the task of moving troops, weapons and supplies in and out.
General Peter Schoomaker says the rotation is the most challenging for the Army since World War Two. He made the remark in an internal message to commanders of units that have been ordered to remain.
They will be required to stay in Iraq as few as five extra days and as many as 60 days.