- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina National Guard is bidding farewell to 25 soldiers heading to a year’s deployment in Kuwait.

The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

The event is not open to the public.

The soldiers maintain AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and will join members of the 777th Aviation Support Battalion.

Earlier this month, 60 soldiers with the 111st General Support Aviation Battalion departed for Kuwait with 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for a year in Kuwait.

South Carolina Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston said the helicopter unit is part of Operation Spartan Shield, which provides support to U.S. and allied military units in the Persian Gulf region

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