WICHITA FALLS, TX - Less than a week ago, President Barack Obama authorized the US Military to send up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq. It's all in an effort to battle the growing threat of the terror group known as ISIL. But, now local veterans are talking about the president's decision.
The mission is to help train Iraq Army soldiers and militia fighters to battle ISIL.
In a recent interview on CBS 'Face the Nation,' President Obama said the increase is not a sign the US strategy isn't working, but rather a signal the campaign is entering a new phase.
"What hasn't changed is our troops are not engaged in combat," said President Obama.
Wichita Falls Resident Thaddeus Turner is now retired from the US Air Force. With 20 years of service under his belt, Turner says the president's decision comes at a time when vigilance is key.
"There's always bad guys out there," Turner said. "We have to support our leaders in whichever decision they make."
Even if that means the possibility of even more of our men and women sent overseas.
"I'm never going to say never," said President Obama. "What the commanders who presented the plan to me say is, that we may actually see fewer troops over time because now we're seeing coalition members starting to partner with us on the training and assist effort."
While some veterans say America shouldn't send ground troops at all, other say they support the president's decision.
"We took the oath to defend our constitution; foreign and domestic," said Joseph Robeson, US Army. "It's our job. It's our duty. We look forward to doing that, regardless of where it is."
The latest deployment will bring the number of US troops in Iraq to nearly 3,000.