Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq.

Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to prepare them for the soldiers year-long deployment in Iraq.

The conference will focus on communications, support groups, finances and how to support one’s spouse when they return,