Farewell ceremonies announced for deploying 256th Soldiers

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Soldiers of the Louisiana Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will bid farewell to family and friends at deployment ceremonies on Jan. 5 to Jan. 11 in various locations throughout the state.

Approximately 3,000 Guardsmen from the 256th IBCT will depart for Camp Shelby, Miss., to conduct training for approximately two months prior to deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Their primary missions will be to provide force protection on military bases and security for convoys.

The 256th last deployed to Iraq in 2004 on an 18-month tour.

WHO:     Louisiana Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

WHAT:    Departure Ceremonies for Soldiers mobilizing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

WHEN:    Various dates and times (please see below)

WHERE:     Various locations throughout Louisiana (please see below)

Notes:  Times and locations are subject to change.

Locations, dates and times below:

256th IBCT Deployment Ceremonies

Jan. 5, 2010::

Who:    B Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    9 a.m.    
Where:  Post Theater, Bldg. 741, F St., Camp Beauregard, Pineville, La.

Who:    A Company, 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion    
Time:    10 a.m.    
Where:  Scotts Civic Center, 1200 Major Parkway, New Roads, La.

Who:    D Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    11 a.m.    
Where:  Unit Armory, 1017 Hwy 749, Opelousas, La.

Who:    A Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    11 a.m.    
Where:  Unit Armory, 560 Hwy 3099, DeRidder, La.

Who:    B Company and Detachment 1/B Company, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Assembly Christian Center, 4201 E. Admiral Doyle, New Iberia, La.

Who:    F Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Unit Armory, 101 S. Overton St., DeQuincy, La.

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    4 p.m.    
Where:  Unit Armory, 1111 First Ave., Lake Charles, La.

Jan. 6, 2010::

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion
    (B Company)    
Time:    9 a.m.    
Where:  Louisiana College, 1140 College Drive, Pineville, Louisiana, 71360

Who:    C Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:    10 a.m.    
Where:  VFW Post, 1603 Highway 90 West, Jennings, La.

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion    
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Nottoway Plantation, 31025 Louisiana Hwy 1, White Castle, La.

Who:    A Troop, 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Natchitoches Events Center, 750 2nd St., Natchitoches, La.

Who:    1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment
Time:    4 p.m.    
Where:  Jackson Barracks, 6400 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, La.

Who:    A Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion    
Time:    5 p.m.    
Where:  Winnfield High School, 631 Thomas Mill Rd, Winnfield, La.

Jan. 7, 2010::

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
    (B Company BSTB, C Company BSTB)
Time:    10:30 a.m.    
Where:  Cajun Dome Convention Center, 444 Cajun Dome, Lafayette, La.

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment     
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Erath Community Building, 100 City Park Drive, Erath, La.

Who:    E Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion    
Time:    1 p.m.    
Where:  Jeanerette High School, 8217 E. Old Spanish Trail, Jeanerette, La.

Who:    C and D Company, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment     
Time:    2 p.m.    
Where:  Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma, La.

Who:    C Company, 199th Brigade Support Battalion     
Time:    4 p.m.    
Where:  Woodman of the World Banquet Hall, 1255 Capritto Forty Arpent Rd., St. Martinville, La.

Who:    Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment
    (B Troop, C Troop, and D Company 199th, and 156th Army Band)    
Time:    4:30 p.m.    
Where:  Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave., Shreveport, La.

Who:    A Company, 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment    
Time:   5 p.m.    
Where:  St. Bernard Catholic School, 251 East Bridge St., Breaux Bridge, La.

Jan. 11, 2010::

Who:    256th Soldiers from various units
Time:    10 a.m.    
Where:  TBD