- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

HURON, S.D. (AP) - More than 160 soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard will begin a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in November.

The Guard on Thursday announced the deployment of the soldiers with the 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company.

The Huron-based 153rd Engineer Battalion is expected to “provide command and control for assigned or attached engineer units.” The mission of the Huron- and Parkston-based Forward Support Company will be to provide logistics and maintenance support.

After training in Fort Bliss, Texas, for several weeks, it will be the second mobilization for the 153rd Engineer Battalion, which deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005. This is the first deployment for the Forward Support Company.

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