I think Sarah Palin mentioned recently that her son was shipping out again and one of my readers tipped me off to this. The Alaska National Guard posted these pics from Camp Atterbury. I’m assuming it’s okay to post this since, well, the Alaska National Guard itself posted it:
Soldiers from B Co., 1st Bn. (ABN), 143rd Inf. Reg. get some free time to work in a quick football game prior to their last formation before they are scheduled to depart to Afghanistan sometime this week. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Karima Turner)
Sgt. Track Palin of Wasilla, and a member of B Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, Security Forces (SECFOR) for Kandihar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) dodges a tackle by one of his Air Force KPRT counterparts. (Photo by Staf Sgt. Karima Turner)
Governor Parnell visited the battalion:
Full set here.
It appears that the battalion completed some final training at Camp Atterbury before deployment:
Pics of B company meeting up with the rest of its battalion here.
U.S Army National Guard Lt. Col MacGrath speaks to a gathering of the entire 1st Battalion Dec. 2, 2011 on Camp Atterbury, IN. PRT Kandahar is a joint team of U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy service members that will deploy to the Kandahar providence in Afghanistan to assist in the effort to rebuild and stabilize the local government and infrastructure.
This is the first time the entire battalion has gathered in one place since World War II . (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/ not released)
And not sure if Track’s in here or not (not really brushed up on my military classifications), but the description reads:
B Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry (Airborne) Regiment and 297th Long Range Surveillance (LRS) conducting airborne operations. The Soldiers parachuted from a C-130 onto Malemute Drop Zone in the beginning of November.
This was the final state-side jump for B Company who is deploying to Afghanistan to conduct Security Forces (SECFOR) operations in support of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) throughout Afghanistan.