13 National Guard soldiers depart from Taylor armory

TAYLOR, MICHIGAN. - Friends and family bid farewell to 13 Michigan National Guard soldiers from the Taylor-based 777th Military Police Detachment on Thursday, September 9, as they prepared to 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 the 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 November 16, 2009.

The deployment ceremony took place at the Michigan Army National Guard Armory on Beech Daly Road in Taylor.

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.