- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

HURON, S.D. (AP) - A deployment ceremony is scheduled later this month for a South Dakota Army National Guard unit that will be serving nine months in the Middle East.

About 165 soldiers with the Huron-based 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company will be serving in Kuwait. A public send-off ceremony is set Nov. 11 at the Huron Arena.

Planned speakers include Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, U.S. Sen. John Thune, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Guard commander Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch.

A community recognition event also is scheduled Nov. 11 at the Parkston High School auditorium for the Forward Support Company.

The units will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, for final training before heading overseas. It will be the second mobilization for the 153rd, which deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005.

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