- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Friends and families of about 100 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers have said farewell as the company prepares for deployment to Afghanistan.

WDIO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1nq1faz ) supporters held a send-off ceremony for the 950th Engineer Company on Wednesday in Superior before the unit headed to Fort Bliss, Texas, for several weeks of pre-mobilization training. The Superior-based unit will deploy to eastern Afghanistan to clear roads and supply routes of improvised explosive devices.

The military says the company’s operations are critical to U.S. efforts to move troops and equipment out of Afghanistan.

The upcoming deployment will be the unit’s first to Afghanistan. It deployed previously to Iraq in 2003 and 2010.

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