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Del. National Guard troops depart for Afghanistan

Posted in: August 2013
By Staff Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Aug 8, 2013 - 1:56:14 PM

On Sunday, August 11th, the Delaware National Guard will host a departure ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility, 41 Corporate Circle, New Castle, Del. for approximately 45 members of Detachment 1-150th Engineer Company deploying to Afghanistan. The ceremony is open to the public and the media are invited to attend.

The 150th, headquartered in Newark, is scheduled for a 12 month active-duty tour. After the departure ceremony, they will report to Camp Shelby, in Mississippi, to train on objectives specific to the Afghan theater. The company will be there for four to six weeks, before heading to Afghanistan.

The 150th provides command and control of engineer effects platoons that are necessary to conduct missions such as repair, maintain or construct air/ground lines of communication (LOC); emplace culverts; hauling; force protection and limited clearing operations.

While deployed to Afghanistan the primary mission of the 150th is to prepare forward operating bases (FOBs) for closure or transfer. The unit will also be responsible for deconstructing FOBs, conducting inventories, sorting materials and hauling materials and debris to designated areas; all while complying with environmental considerations.

Throughout the last year, Soldiers in the 150th have been training on their horizontal engineering capabilities, as well as, basic soldier tasks and drills. Extended annual training periods and longer drill weekends allow the company to conduct the necessary training required prior to mobilization. "The 150th is fully prepared for this mission," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. "They are well-led and training over the past year makes them ready, reliable and relevant."

Over 1,000 friends, family and well-wishers are expected to fill the facility. The ceremony is open to the public and media are welcome to attend.

For more information please contact Sgt. Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720 or Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134.

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