Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Governor cheers National Guard troops Associated Press FORT IRWIN — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped up morale Friday for about 700 Army National Guard troops preparing to deploy to Iraq. "I play a machine, but you guys are the true machines. You're the true terminators," Schwarzenegger said, standing before Army tanks and uniformed soldiers at the Army's National Training Center. Schwarzenegger's appearance in the desert came as members of the National Guard's 81st Separate Armor Brigade were deploying overseas for the first time since the Korean War. They will conduct security operations, serve as military police and provide humanitarian assis- tance in Iraq. The brigade's 3,500 troops were scheduled for a one-year tour of duty, said Maj. John J. McBrearty, 43, executive officer for the 1st Battalion of the 185th Armor Regiment. Some of the brigade had already deployed, with the remainder shipping out in the coming weeks. Wearing sunglasses and a black jacket, Schwarzenegger drew whoops and cheers as he thanked the troops for their service. "You are all protecting this country so it can stay free," he said. Schwarzenegger told of his own service in the Austrian military as a tank driver and noted that he arranged to send weights to troops during the 1991 Gulf War.