More than 150 S.C. National Guardsmen from a Summerville armory are leaving Saturday for deployment to Afghanistan.
The 1223rd Engineer Co. will head to Texas for a month of training before spending the next 10 months or so in Afghanistan.
The assigned location wasn’t immediately disclosed, but the unit will be involved in dismantling bases and other military sites as part of the U.S. draw-down, which is expected to conclude by the end of next year.
The unit will participate in a deployment ceremony Saturday at the Summerville National Guard Armory at 11 a.m.
“These heroic South Carolinians will deploy to Afghanistan at a pivotal time and they will have a critical mission,” Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., adjutant general of South Carolina, said in a media release. “I am grateful for their families’ sacrifices.”
Since the 9/11 terror attacks, the S.C. National Guard has deployed more than 17,000 soldiers and airmen in support of combat operations. Currently the S.C. guard has more than 600 members deployed.
The 1223rd Armory is located at 2735 West 5th North St.