Laramie-based unit heading to Persian Gulf
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Army National Guard unit will be deployed this month for a stint in the Persian Gulf region.
The Guard said 162 soldiers from the Laramie-based 133rd Engineer Company will deploy April 12.
The soldiers will be deployed for 400 days and will provide base security in Middle East country of Bahrain.
The unit will spend more than a month training at Camp Shelby, Miss., followed by nine months in Bahrain.
Lt. Col. Joseph Huss of the Wyoming Army National Guard said this is the first non-engineering deployment in the unit’s history.
The 133rd company was last deployed in November 2004 to Iraq to perform engineer missions.
The unit’s soldiers are from throughout Wyoming as well as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska and Utah.
Va guard members training ahead of deployment
EMPORIA, Va. — About 160 members of the Virginia National Guard are conducting final training for a deployment to Afghanistan.
Officials said a departure ceremony was held in Emporia on Wednesday for the members of the 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group.
The soldiers entered federal active duty Monday. They will conduct their final training at Fort Hood in Texas for up to 60 days before heading to Afghanistan.
Once there, they are expected to conduct transportation support operations and convoy security for military and host nation convoys during their year-long deployment.
It is the first Virginia National Guard unit to serve on federal active duty since July. The unit last served federal active duty in Iraq from May 2008 to February 2009.