PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — About 160 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are headed to the Middle East for nearly a year.
The city of Pascagoula held a sendoff Saturday for the 859th Engineer Company. The unit is headed first to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training. After that, National Guard spokesman Daniel Szarek says, the unit will head to Kuwait for nine months.
The group includes plumbers, electricians and carpenters. It constructs and improves military buildings such as post offices amd recreation facilities.
The 859th is part of the 890th Engineer Battalion, based in Gulfport, but Szarek says it will deploy as a stand-alone unit, attached to part of the Kentucky National Guard when it arrives overseas.
It's the company's second deployment to the Middle East as a complete unit.
- Mississippi National Guard construction unit heads to Kuwait
- Mississippi National Guard unit gets commander from Kansas
- Armored brigade from Colorado Army post headed to Kuwait
- Mississippi governor backs sending National Guard to border
- Mississippi soldiers in aviation unit heading to Afghanistan
- Mississippi guard suspended after bringing in contraband
- Mississippi shipyard expanding for Coast Guard icebreaker
- Mississippi highway construction on hiatus for holiday
- Mississippi school eyes new football stadium construction
- Coast Guard rescues 7 people off Mississippi Gulf Coast