- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Army National Guard is bidding farewell to 60 soldiers in a Black Hawk helicopter unit deploying for a year to Kuwait.

Friday’s ceremony is at 11 a.m. at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover, South Carolina, where Company A of the 1-111st General Support Aviation Battalion is based.

The unit is deploying with 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The unit last deployed on a yearlong mission to Kosovo in 2012.

South Carolina Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston Jr. says the unit is part of Operation Spartan Shield, which provides support to U.S. and allied military units in the Persian Gulf region. He said in a statement the Guard is grateful to those deploying and to their families for their support.

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