LANG Adjutant General visits Guardsmen, Tiger Brigade in Kuwait

By Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, visits with mechanics of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Tiger Brigade, in Kuwait. The Tiger Brigade has been conducting operations in support of U.S. Central Command’s Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield since the beginning of the year and are scheduled to return home later this year. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis)Erbil Air Base, Iraq – The Soldiers of Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Tiger Brigade, recently received a visit from the LANG’s Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell and Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford Ockman.

The Tiger Brigade has been conducting operations since the beginning of the year in the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield.

Upon arrival in CENTCOM, Waddell and Ockman met with Soldiers from 256 IBCT to include the Tiger Brigade’s Military Intelligence Company, support battalion and infantry battalions.

While visiting the Soldiers, Waddell expressed his thanks to the dedication of the Soldiers who continue to execute their missions inBrig. Gen. Keith Waddell, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, administers the oath of enlistment for Soldiers of the 527th Engineer Battalion, who are currently deployed to Kuwait in support of U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis) challenging environments with professionalism and honor. He also passed along greetings and thanks from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Col. Scott Desormeaux, the 256th IBCT commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Comeaux, the senior enlisted advisor of the 256th IBCT, briefed Waddell and Ockman on the hard work and accomplishments of the Tiger Brigade.

“The hard work and dedication of the TF TIGER soldiers during this unique mission set has been nothing short of amazing.” Said Desormeaux. “The 256th IBCT has seamlessly transitioned from COVID duties, to hurricane response, to combat operations in the Middle East.”

Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, speaks to Soldiers of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team about the hard work and dedication they have shown while deployed in support of U.S. Central Command’s Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield. The LANG’s 256th IBCT is set to return home from deployment later this year. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis)While deployed the Tiger Brigade has supported multiple coalition partners on multiple missions, conducted multiple trainings, such as training in Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Combat Life Saver courses and participated in multiple coalition partner events to include the Norwegian Foot March and Many Nations Marathon.

After visiting the Tiger Brigade, Waddell and Ockman visited with multiple other LANG unitsCommand Sgt. Maj. Clifford Ockman, the senior enlisted advisor of the Louisiana National Guard, speaks to Soldiers of the 239th Military Police Company about what to expect while deployed in support of U.S. Central Command, and how to make the most of the deployment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis) that are currently deployed to CENTCOM to include the 527th Engineer Battalion, B Company, 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and the 239th Military Police Company.

While overseas visiting Soldiers, Waddell and Ockman had the opportunity to promote several Soldiers, administer the oath of enlistment and coin several superior performers throughout the deployed units.

Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, awards his challenge coin to Soldiers of B Company, 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, who have executed their jobs with a dedication and professionalism above their peers. The 136th is currently deployed in support of U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Noshoba Davis)After the promotions, reenlistments and awards, Waddell told the Soldiers to be excellent every day and that it was an honor and privilege to be a part of their career accomplishments.

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