More than 20 Broken Arrow Marines are being deployed to Iraq. The reservists reported for duty early Thursday morning and began gearing up for what could be more than a year away from home. The News On 6â€™s Heather Lewin reports for the members of the anti-tank company based in Broken Arrow, this was the last day to put everything in order before shipping out.
Reservists lined up for physicals, help with personal papers and to be issued any missing gear. The call to active duty is not a surprise, the unit has known for a couple of months. The Marines will provide security for high ranking U.S. officials in Iraq.
"Convoy security, anytime he leaves base maybe he might go out in town to meet a local sheik or go to another base for something, we'll be providing his security for him," said Staff Sgt. Kyle Provencher.
For some, it's the second time they've been deployed.
â€œI wanna go back,â€ said Provencher. â€œI just wanna see how things have changed since I was there in 2003 until now, that and you do it for your fellow Marines."
"This time I'm a higher rank now, so I have to make sure I'm making the right decisions for my Marines and that I train them properly so we can all come home alive," said Sgt. Beau Burton.
It's another unit being deployed at a time when deadlines are being debated and politicians are talking about bringing everyone home.
"Well, I feel like we've gotta go and do our job and finish it, we can't leave the place like it is now," said Burton.
The 20 members of the TOW section and two Navy corpsmen will now have some time at home with their families before being deployed next month, first to Camp Lejune in North Carolina for a few months, then on to Iraq.
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