by Mindy Aguon
Guam - It was supposed to be the largest deployment ever for the Guam National Guard, as well as any reserve component from Guam, but the Guard confirms that fewer soldiers will be deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. The Hawaii Army National Guard announced a reported change or cancellation to a pending mobilization for the majority of the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which consists of soldiers from Guam and the CNMI.
While the mission remains intact, Guam National Guard Adjutant General Major General Benny Paulino says the announcement likely means that the number of soldiers to deploy in 2013 will be reduced by about two thirds of the 850 that were slated to go. If the size of the 29th IBCT is reduced, the Guam National Guard indicates that the remaining units will be placed in the contingency expeditionary force pool but will still continue with preparations for deployment.