Milan-based National Guard Unit trains for deployment

Sgt. Aleah Castrejon
Soldiers from headquarters and headquarters battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery review the basic skills training required for mobilization which was taught by the pre-mobilization training assistance element during annual training at Marseilles Training Center.

The Illinois National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery (FA) will wrap up training this week at Marseilles Training Center for its upcoming deployment to Sinai, Egypt in May. This deployment is in support of a peace-keeping mission between Egypt and Israel.

The Soldiers prepare for the mission by conducting basic skill tasks required for pre-mobilization training, such as room clearing, weapon qualification and combat patrols.

 “Our mission is a low-risk mission, but that does not mean there is no risk,” said Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Flossmoor, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery battalion commander. “We will maintain situational awareness at all times. I have full confidence in my troops that they are prepared and trained well for this deployment. We will deploy as one and come home as one.”

The unit will complete pre-mobilization training at Ft. Lewis, Wash., before going to Sinai for the Multi-National Force Observer (MFO) mission in May.