National Guard from Peninsula heads to Iraq

An Army National Guard unit from the peninsula is being deployed for another tour of duty in Iraq.

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An Army National Guard unit from the peninsula is heading to Iraq. The San Mateo County Fairgrounds hosted a farewell ceremony on Wednesday for members of the 297th Area Support Medical Company. This will be the first time the 297th has been deployed to Iraq. The 60 soldiers will provide medical care and support for U.S. troops.

"We're a very well trained unit and I trust my fellow soldiers. That's really all I have to worry about is my job, my abilities, and the abilities of the soldiers around me," said Lauren Yee from the Army National Guard.

Members of the 297th will spend the next month training at Fort Lewis, Washington, before heading overseas. By the way, the 297th has been adopted by the San Mateo County Fair, which will provide care packages to the soldiers during their stay in Iraq.