Harrodsburg Guard unit joining Operation Iraqi Freedom

December 10, 2003

HARRODSBURG - The Harrodsburg National Guard Unit will be heading overseas to join Operation Iraqi Freedom after the holidays.

Col. Phillip Miller, public affairs officer for the Kentucky National Guard, said Tuesday the 1103 Military Police Detachment will report Jan. 3.

"Orders have been issued for the 45 members of the unit to report to their armory Jan. 3, and about Jan. 6 or so they will deploy to Fort Campbell for training," said Miller. "After the training, they will deploy to either Iraq or Kuwait to assist with Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Miller said the unit will perform a variety of investigative and law enforcement support to units already in place.

The unit received notice in November that it had been placed on alert, a prelude to possible deployment.

National Guard and Reserve units have been serving one-year deployments in Iraq and Kuwait, but Miller said no official word has been issued regarding the length of the deployment.


"Until told otherwise, I would assume the one-year rotation term still is in effect," he said.

A military police National Guard unit from Louisville, the 127th, returned from Iraq Nov. 30 after a nine-month stint overseas. That unit contained one Danville resident, Sergeant Tim Dunaway.

Danville's 217th Quartermaster Detachment, specializing in water purification, is currently participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in two split detachments, and Miller said they are still on schedule to return to the United States in April and May.

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