Locally-based Guard unit won’t be mobilized

An Indiana National Guard unit based in Huntington won't be mobilized this summer as planned.

The Huntington-based unit, Delta company of the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry, was one of three Indiana National Guard units slated to deploy to Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara.

The state organization's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, announced March 19 that the units have been "off-ramped from mission as a result of an immediate fiscal year 2013 budget shortfall."

Instead of using Guard units for the mission, said Capt. Kathryn Elkins of the Indiana National Guard Public Affairs Office, active duty units will be sent instead.
Elkins said she doesn't know if the Guard unit will be scheduled for deployment anytime soon.

"There's no way for us to say that," she said.

In addition to the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry, other units slated to deploy in June were the 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry, and Company D, 113th Combat Support Battalion. Those units have also been pulled off the mission.

"The combination of the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration and the underfunding of fiscal year 2013 Overseas Contingency Operations requirements have severely constrained the Army's ability to perform directed missions with previously planned reserve component forces," Guard officials explained.