- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - About 70 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from the Starkville, Mississippi area are preparing for deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The group is assigned to the Sioux City, Iowa-based 960th Quartermaster Company and is among the 180 soldiers scheduled to leave this weekend. A farewell ceremony for the company is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at East High School in Sioux City.

The company’s mission in a deployed environment is to provide petroleum supply, potable water purification and supply, and ammunition supply capabilities.

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