Michigan National Guard Soldiers from Taylor deploy in support of Operation New Dawn
September 8, 2010
TAYLOR, MICH. - Friends and family will bid farewell to approximately 13 Michigan National Guard Soldiers from the Taylor-based 777th Military Police Detachment on Thursday (Sept. 9) as they depart for Fort Bliss, Texas, and then Iraq for a 12-month tour of duty.
The Soldiers will train for approximately four weeks at Fort Bliss before deploying to Iraq. Upon arrival in country, they will assist in the supervision of detention operations, specifically, managing the records and belongings of detainees. The 777th will replace a team of their fellow Soldiers also from the 777th Military Police Detachment, who deployed to Iraq from Taylor on Nov. 16, 2009.
The deployment ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, 10:00 a.m., at the Michigan Army National Guard Armory, 12450 Beech Daly, Taylor, Mich. 48180.
Today, more than 600 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are deployed across the globe in support of the global war on terrorism; however, as the Michigan Guard serves the nation abroad, more than 90 percent of the force is available, trained and ready to respond to a state emergency including a terrorist event.
Media is invited to attend the departure ceremony. Soldiers and family members will be available for interviews approximately one hour prior to the ceremony.
For more information, contact 2nd Lt. Michael V. May at 517-481-8154 or, on the day of the ceremony, at (616) 617-9354