Louisiana National Guard

256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

The 256th has more than 3,000 Soldiers and equipment, which includes all-wheel light and heavy tactical vehicles, tactical assault rifles, light and heavy machine guns, single shot and fully automatic grenade launchers, combat shot guns, sniper rifles, TOWED howitzers and mortar systems.

Headquartered in Lafayette, the 256th BCT consist of the 199th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Battalion of the 108th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Battalion of the 156th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion of the 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Battalion of the 141st Artillery Regiment, and the Headquarters Company 256th.

The 256th has more than 3,000 Soldiers and equipment, which includes all-wheel light and heavy tactical vehicles, tactical assault rifles, light and heavy machine guns, single shot and fully automatic grenade launchers, combat shot guns, sniper rifles, TOWED howitzers and mortar systems. The 256th has more than 20 armories located throughout the state of Louisiana. They have been preparing for a yearlong mobilization beginning in January 2010, marking their second deployment in support of Iraqi Freedom.In January, 305 Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron of the 108th Cavalry Regiment participated in a 15-day overseas deployment training with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force near Kumamoto, Japan. In June, the 199th Brigade Support Battalion successfully supported a weeklong mis- sion assisting the citizens of Caddo Parish with the delivery and pumping of 380,000 gallons of water after one of the parish water plants ceased to operate.

In October, the 1st of the 141st Field Artillery Battalion moved into its new armory located at Jackson Barracks after a five-year absence following Hurri- cane Katrina, returning a major National Guard presence to the city of New Orleans.