An S.C. Army National Guard unit that departed from North Charleston and other points of South Carolina this weekend is headed to Mississippi for training before going to Kuwait.

The 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry, headquartered in Mullins, will be at Camp Shelby in Mississippi for six to eight weeks before going to Kuwait for about nine to 10 months, a spokesman said.

The group has about 800 members. They were recognized in five departure ceremonies held around the state last weekend including one in North Charleston attended by U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

The nature of the deployment was described as a security mission in Kuwait. Members are not expected to be deployed elsewhere.