Tennessee National Guard Troops Deployed to Middle East


After an airstrike in Syria at the end of February, the Biden administration is mobilizing the National Guard – including one unit from Tennessee – for deployment to the Middle East.

“Soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery Regiment, deployed on Sunday for a 10-month tour of the Middle East,” Associated Press reported.

Star News Education Foundation Journalism ProjectTuesday morning, there was a farewell ceremony for the troops at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site. Gov. Bill Lee (R) was in attendance.

The 1-181st Battalion was most recently activated last year to help with COVID-19, according to the report.

“We are trained, ready, and the soldiers of this battalion have displayed an ability to step up and meet every challenge,” Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Phillip Hill Jr. said.

The group of 350 soldiers, whose unit is headquartered in Chattanooga, will head to Fort Bliss, Texas for additional preparation before being deployed overseas.

The deployment could be a sign of escalation of the United States’ occupation of the Middle East.

Military forces have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly 20 years in what was initially termed the “War on Terror.” In the meantime, U.S. forces toppled the government in Libya, and drone strikes have continuosly been deployed in Yemen since 2010.

On his second day in office, President Joe Biden ordered 200 troops into Syria.

The 46th president has so far been more hawkish than his predecessor President Donald J. Trump, who resisted calls to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and fought against the proliferation of wars in the Middle East.

Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to engage in new military action during his tenure in office, and was often critical of the seemingly-endless military conflict in the Middle East.

Still, Tennessee’s 1-181st is ready to answer the call.

“The Soldiers of this battalion have displayed an ability to step up and meet every challenge. I am 100% confident that they will continue to do so as we mobilize and deploy,” Hill Jr. said.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
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5 Thoughts to “Tennessee National Guard Troops Deployed to Middle East”

  1. CMinTN

    Instead of trying to overthrow a sovereign gov’t overseas, they should be ousting the illegitimate junta that overthrew ours.

  2. TJ

    Absolute disgrace for these men and woman to fight and die for a illegitimate federal government. A fraudulent regime pushing endless military industrial complex wars overseas for financial gain and destabilization.

    The troops should be preparing to defend the homeland against the domestic enemy Tyrants destroying the USA from within.

    In todays USA there is more honor in serving your local militia than being a pawn for the cabals evil games.

  3. Ron Welch

    I suppose they were sent there “to protect our freedoms”. Isn’t that what we’ve always been told? What about the Constitutional duty to “repel invasions”? Oh yeah, I remember now, “we’ve got to fight’em over there, so we don’t have to fight’em over here.”

    1. Scott Geoffries

      Well said.

      1. Ron Welch

        Thanks, Scott.

        Meanwhile our own border is being allowed, yes, even facilitated, to undergo Invasion!

        “The United States SHALL guarantee to every State in the Union a republican form of government and SHALL protect each of them against Invasion…” (Article IV, Section 4, U.S. Constitution) That is one of the “few and defined powers” which have been delegated to the Federal Givernment which it SHALL do!