Hawaii soldiers notified about deployment

Lt. Col. Charles Anthony
Lt. Col. Charles Anthony

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii National Guard soldiers may be heading to Afghanistan and they have more than a year and a half to prepare for the mission.

There are 2,000 soldiers from Hawaii in the National Guard and in the past they may not have had as much lead time before deployment.

The 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team would deploy sometime in 2013.  The mobilization would be about a year with up to 10 months of that with boots on the ground in Afghanistan.

With 90 percent of the members acting as civilian soldiers the advance notice allows them to start making plans early.

"It's possible that the 29th Brigade may not get mobilized, but in case they are at least they have more than a year to plan their civilian careers, schooling or whatever it is they need to take care of," said Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, Hawaii National Guard Spokesperson.

The brigade was also deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2004 and again to Kuwait in 2008.

Despite the deployments, recruiting and retention the past two years hasn't been higher since World War I.

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