Stand-down ordered for local Guard

The local unit had been alerted of a possible deployment.

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CAMP MURRAY, Wash. -- A Washington National Guard unit that includes members based in Walla Walla is no longer being actively considered for an overseas deployment.

The Department of Defense has notified state National Guard commanders that the 81st Brigade Combat Team has been "de-alerted" for mobilization, said Capt. Keith Kosik of the Guard's public affairs office.

Those affected by the order include about 30 members of Detachment 2, Echo Company, 181st Brigade Support Battalion, which is based at the Walla Walla Armory. Approximately 3,000 citizen-soldiers serve in the 81st BCT statewide, Kosik said.

The 81st BCT received a "Notice of Sourcing" in May 2011 from the Department of Defense that said they were being considered for a future overseas deployment. That notice was followed up by an "Alert Order" months later.

The deployment would most likely have taken place in the spring of 2013.

The 81st BCT is headquartered in Seattle and has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first tour was in 2004-2005 and the second in 2008-2009.

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