Rock Hill Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill-based National Guard unit is preparing to head to Afghanistan this week.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that more than 160 members of the 178th Combat Engineer Battalion leave today to prepare for their overseas deployment.

A departure ceremony was held Sunday at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill.

The unit will perform a variety of engineering, construction and road-clearing jobs.

The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Corol Dobson, said many of the soldiers on this deployment were handpicked for training and deployment.

500 S.C. Guardsmen heading to Kosovo

COLUMBIA — About 500 members of the S.C. National Guard are heading to Kosovo for a peacekeeping mission.

The 132nd Military Police Company in West Columbia was one of four units contributing to the deployment Sunday.

Linda Olinski said she’s glad her husband, Mark, is not going to Central Asia. But she said she’s worried about the dangers in the region. Members of the company say a year of training prepared them to handle the long-simmering hostilities between Albanians and Serbians in Kosovo. The soldiers volunteered for the yearlong mission.

Wire reports