STATEHOUSE-During today's session, Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) and his fellow House Republican colleagues honored the soldiers in the Indiana National Guard that are deploying in 2011.
The National Guardsman that were present for today's ceremony were accompanied by Major General R. Martin Umbarger.
"What an honor to be here and have the opportunity to praise these military soldiers," said Rep. Mahan. "Their commitment to trying to make a difference in Iraq and Afghanistan, and protecting the freedom and liberty of the United States is to be commended.
"I have two soldiers at home that I am personally close with; I can't show enough appreciation for what these individuals do and the many others who risk their lives protecting our freedoms."
The deployments of the Indiana National Guard in 2011 include the following:
¨ 938th Military Police Detachment
¨ Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) #1
¨ 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB)
¨ 819th Fire Fighter Detachment
¨ 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team, and Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) #2
¨Detachment 3, Company D, 126th Aviation (C23 fixed wing)