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Updated at 3:03 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2007

100th Battalion on alert for possible Kuwait deployment

Advertiser Staff

The Army has released an alert order for possible mobilization of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry to Kuwait, a news release said.

An alert order is a document that informs commanders, leaders and soldiers of a possible deployment.

There is a possibility that some missions would take Hawai'i-based troops to Iraq, however.

The 100th Battalion was last mobilized from August 2004 to March 2006 with the Hawaii Army National Guard's 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and served in Iraq, the release said.

During the tour, they conducted combat and security operations in Saladin Province, Iraq, and received a meritorious unit commendation for its efforts.

Due to this alert and the potential deployment, the unit will increase the level of its training to prepare for a deployment, the release said.

The potential deployment of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry affects all subordinate units under its command including Headquarters, Headquarters Company (O'ahu and Hilo), Bravo and Charlie Companies (American Samoa), Delta Company (O'ahu), and Echo Company (Guam and Saipan).

The unit has already begun alerting its soldiers and their families of the potential mobilization, the release said.

The 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry has a storied history and is known as the "Purple Heart" Battalion.

It is the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the United States Army. Their bravery and determination during World War II is reflected in their motto "Go for Broke."