Posted: Mar 24, 2013 9:39 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
Updated: Mar 24, 2013 9:40 AM
Soldiers of the Montana Army National Guard's 1-189th left on Saturday for a year-long deployment.
The group will train in Texas for about nine weeks before heading overseas in support of Operation Spartan Shield near Kuwait.
MT National Guard spokesman Major Tim Crowe said, "They'll do a variety of missions from lift of personnel, material and equipment in the theatre that they're working in. This is a nine months boots-on-ground mission, so once they arrive in Kuwait, they'll be there for nine months. We expect them back in Montana in early 2014.
Governor Steve Bullock was on hand for the departure and told the troops, "As I look at each of you, I see a determination and a confidence that assures me that you have the training, the ability to execute the mission, to be safe, to be proud of what you've done."