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Del. Army Guard troops depart for Afghanistan

Posted in: December 2012
By Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Dec 27, 2012 - 11:19:59 AM

Del. Army Guard troops depart for Afghanistan

153rd Military Police Company departure ceremony to be held at Army Aviation Facility

On Thursday, January 3, 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 175 members of the 153rd Military Police Company deploying to Afghanistan. The ceremony is open to the public and the media are invited to attend.

The 153rd, headquartered in Delaware City, is scheduled for a 12 month active-duty tour.  After the departure ceremony, they will report to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in New Jersey, to receive training specific to the Afghan theater.  The unit will be there for four to six weeks, before heading to Afghanistan.

Once in theater, they will relieve Montana’s 44th Military Police Company.

The primary mission of the 153rd will be to assist and train their Afghan counterparts in security operations.  Typical training will include setting up roadside checkpoints, securing building projects and conducting walking patrols.

Throughout 2012, Soldiers in the 153rd have been training on their military police skills, as well as, basic soldier tasks and drills.  All this training is happening with longer drill weekends and extended annual training periods.  “The 153rd is fully capable of handling whatever may come their way,â€� said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.  “They have been preparing for this mission for a year; they are well-trained and well-led.â€�

Over 1,000 friends, family and well-wishers are expected to fill the facility for the ceremony.

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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