An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | Oct. 23, 2023

Georgia National Guardsmen Prepare for Deployment

By Maj. Charles Emmons, Georgia National Guard

MARIETTA, Ga. - After months of training and planning by key leaders and staff, the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is completing readiness requirements before deploying in early 2024.

The Macon-based IBCT will mobilize more than 1,000 Soldiers from units across Georgia. But this deployment is distinct from the brigade’s previous three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Normally, we’ve got all of our Soldiers going to one place,” Col. Jason Baker, 48th IBCT commander, said on the Georgia Guard Fencepost podcast. “But this time, it’s significantly different. We’ve got multiple locations … so we’re going to be decentralized.”

The brigade will support commands in Europe, the United States and regions within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

“What is key for the success of the brigade is having the right leadership in those positions,” said Baker. “Everybody is going to be under different chains of command, but they’re going to carry with them the swag of the brigade, how we operate, how we act, and just be the example everybody looks at us to be.”

With a limited number of unit training assemblies remaining before Soldiers from the “Volunteer” brigade mobilize to their respective missions, staff planners and commanders have scheduled medical evaluations, equipment issue dates, and region-specific training.

Spc. Callen Lomas, a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) specialist from the Statesboro-based 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion, is deploying for the first time. 

“I think it’s going to give me a lot of good opportunities,” said Lomas, a college student in Canton. “I want to progress my career in terms of schools and active guard reserve in the future. I think making connections and getting that full-time experience will be really nice.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Kinney, the brigade’s senior enlisted leader and fellow podcast guest, discussed expectation management for families and employers as Soldiers prepare to mobilize after years of training weekends and summers spent in the field.

“Communication is key,” said Kinney. “You’ve got to communicate with your significant others, your civilian employers, with your kids and your family support group (who can assist) your immediate family. Those who communicate effectively are typically the ones who have an easier time navigating through the 48th IBCT and the Georgia National Guard because we are at the tip of the spear for any operation”.

Soldiers of the 48th IBCT have trained for their federal mission and responded to domestic activities since their return from the brigade’s 2019 deployment to Afghanistan. They’ve been front and center for pandemic response, civil disturbance support, and large-scale training exercises, including a brigade Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Fort Stewart in 2022 and a recent battalion rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Johnson, Louisiana.

In early 2024, the first elements of the brigade will mobilize and begin their deployments.

“We’re going to give our best effort, 100%, and get all that exercise and experience so that we can bring it back home so we can be even better for the next time our state and nation calls upon us,” said Baker.

 

 

Related Articles
Georgia Defense Force Junior Sergeant Paata Sabiashvili, front left, an infantryman representing the 1st Infantry Brigade; Georgia Defense Force Corporal-Specialist Irakli Nozadze, front right, a cannon crewmember representing the 5th Artillery Brigade; 1st Sgt. Sergo Kandelaki, back left, executive assistant to the Georgia Defense Force Command Sergeant Major, Georgia Defense Force General Staff; and Staff Sgt. Michael Tenoshcok, back right, Joint Operation Center noncommissioned officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Georgia National Guard; pose for a photo during the 2024 Georgia Army National Guard State Best Warrior Competition at the Catoosa Volunteer Training Site, Ringgold, Georgia, March 12, 2024.
Georgian Defense Force Joins Georgia Best Warrior Competition
By Staff Sgt. Tori Miller, | March 14, 2024
RINGGOLD, Ga. - The annual Georgia Army National Guard State Best Warrior Competition offered a twist this year, with Georgian Defense Force soldiers competing against Georgia Army National Guardsmen March 10-15.Georgia Army...

Capt. Richard Hughes and Sgt. Tianna Wilson, commander and noncommissioned officer in charge of the 161st Military History Detachment, respectively, case the unit guidon during the unit's deployment ceremony at Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, Georgia, Jan. 7, 2024. The unit will head to the Middle East to collect the history of the U.S. Army Central Command in the area.
Georgia Guard Unit to Document US Central Command Operations
By Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom, | Jan. 8, 2024
MARIETTA, Ga. - A Georgia National Guard unit is heading to the Middle East to document history on behalf of the U.S. Army.The Marietta-based 161st Military History Detachment held a ceremony Jan. 7 as the unit prepared to...

Col. Matthew Kukla and Command Sgt. Major Lafayette Deal, command team of the Georgia National Guard’s 201st Regional Support Group (Forward), uncase the unit colors during a welcome home ceremony at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 1 following a 10-month deployment to Europe.
Georgia National Guardsmen Return from Overseas Mission
By Maj. William Carraway, | Dec. 4, 2023
MARIETTA, Ga. - More than 80 Soldiers of the Georgia National Guard’s 201st Regional Support Group Forward returned home Dec. 1 after a nearly year-long deployment to Europe. Soldiers and family members were reunited during a...