- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - An Army Reserve battalion from Londonderry is heading to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

About 150 members of the 368th Engineer Battalion prepared to begin the tour Thursday at Saint Anselm College.

The group will head to Kuwait, where they will do construction work and logistics operations. The deployment is expected to last about a year.

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office says the battalion is deploying in support of Operation Spartan Shield, which trains soldiers from countries partnering with the U.S. against fighters in the Islamic State group.

The battalion will go to Texas for training before heading overseas.

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