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Soldiers at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, with the 2nd Battalion, 156th Mechanized Infantry Regiment of the Louisiana National Guard play cards as they await the arrival of trucks to load the remainder of equipment belonging to their parent unit, the 256th Brigade Combat Team. Composed of various National Guard units, the 256th is the first unit to move forward into Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 3.  
256th Infantry Brigade

Soldiers: Approximately 3,500

Home fort: Various Louisiana installations

Deployed to: Baghdad, Iraq

Units: In Iraq, the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana Army National Guard is under the command of the 3rd Infantry Division. The brigade is composed of the following units:
• 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment
• 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment
• 1st Battalion, 156th Armor Regiment
• 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery
• 256th Military Intelligence Company
• Troop A, 108th Cavalry Regiment
• 1088th Engineering Battalion
• 199th Support Battalion
• 2nd Battalion, 202nd Air Defense Artillery

Duties: In 1995, the 256th Infantry Brigade was selected as one of 15 enhanced combat brigades by the United States Army, and thus become one of the Guard's highest priority combat units, receiving better training and newer equipment. The 256th Infantry Brigade was alerted for likely deployment to Iraq on March 1, 2004, and began arriving in Iraq in November 2004.

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