National Guard 210th and 211th MP Companies receive alert order
Overseas deployment might soon be in the future for Staff Sgt. Jefferson Hoyle and the National Guard 211th Military Police Company, headquartered in Clyde.
The 211th MP Company and the 210th MP Company, headquartered in Franklin, have both received alert orders to prepare for a mission overseas, although they do not yet know where or what that mission might be.
“It means that we’ve been alerted, that we’ve been sourced for deployment and that the possibility of deployment is a very real thing,” Hoyle, a father of two and a nursing student at HCC, said.
While deployment is not a certainty, both the 210th and 211th will start to escalate their training in preparation for the possibility.
“An alert order comes down when Army leaders find the best, most economical fit for a mission,” said Sgt. Robert Jordan with North Carolina National Guard public affairs office. “They can plug into a larger active or reserve unit or lead a larger active or reserve unit. That does not mean they will be deploying. A unit could be taken off alert depending on the situation.”
But Hoyle, the NCOIC, said he and his family are starting to prepare for what may come, and fortunately, the National Guard provides a lot of support for those in service and the families they will leave behind.
“Families know (deployment) is a possibility when they have family in the National Guard or any type of military,” he said, adding the 210th and 211th have already had events to encourage families to meet one another and to provide internal support. “It’s kind of a way for families to feel better about who their solider will be serving next to.”
So far, Hoyle said his wife, Holly, and their children, Aria and Bowen, are doing well with the possibility of his deployment.
Although Hoyle has never been overseas, he has served in the National Guard for seven years, and he credits his service with getting him interested in a career in the medical field. He trained as a combat medic, and although he started out “terrified of needles,” he quickly discovered an interest in the subject.
“I found out I really enjoyed working in medicine,” he said, adding he is just finishing up the semester studying nursing at HCC.
Although for now, his education might have to be put on hold if his company is deployed, Hoyle said he is ready to serve.