Guard members chosen for border mission have many different jobs

In this April 19, 2011 photo, Texas National Guardsman Cpl. Martinez looks through a pair of binoculars near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez)
In this April 19, 2011 photo, Texas National Guardsman Cpl. Martinez looks through a pair of binoculars near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As many as 1,000 Texas National Guard troops will be on their way to the Rio Grande Valley in the coming weeks.

But plenty of questions remain. Who will go, and what kind of training is involved?

Members are still waiting to find out whether they will be one of the troops sent to the border, but the mission is something many of them are already trained for.

Ray Lindner with the National Guard Association of Texas says those chosen all have different jobs outside of the National Guard. Everything from police officers, to those who work in the medical field.

“Those are very good people to have because they already understand the drill,” Lindner said. “These folks are trained and ready to deploy now. Now it’s what the specifics of the mission are, what are the requirements? That’s what will be concentrated on now.”

He says soldiers will be picked from all over the state; a majority of them from right here in Austin.

“People have already been identified,” Lindner said. “The training occurs throughout the year so now is the time you’re beginning to execute your preparation.”

Lindner estimates it’ll take less than a month to pick the soldiers for the mission.

The association works closely with the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation to assist families who are left with financial troubles when a spouse is deployed.

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