Gov. Deal visits Georgia National Guard team training in Louisiana
VERNON PARISH, La. -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Major General Joe Jarrard visited soldiers from Georgia National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team this week at Fort Polk in Louisiana.
A release from the governor's office says the guardsmen are training at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) to get ready to mobilize to Afghanistan in December.
“The bravery and selflessness shown by the men and women of the Georgia Army National Guard represent the finest principles of our state and nation,” said Deal. “These individuals are always ready to put service above self to safeguard the lives and property of our state and its citizens, as well as the freedoms of those abroad.
“It was a true honor and privilege to visit with the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they prepare to mobilize to Afghanistan in December. From the commanders to the youngest members of the brigade, I’ve seen firsthand how tough and intelligent these extraordinary individuals are. I was deeply impressed by all of our Guardsmen, and they are well-prepared to complete their missions. As they prepare to mobilize and we await their safe return home, we take comfort in knowing our soldiers are mission-ready and prepared to face any adversary that poses a threat to our nation and people.”