The North Carolina National Guard's 211th Military Police Company is preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
The soldiers said goodbye to their families and friends during a mobilization ceremony Sunday afternoon in the auditorium at Haywood Community College, in Clyde.
"These more than 120 soldiers from the unit will be deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom," said Rick Scoggins, Media Relations for the Office of Public Affairs, North Carolina National Guard. "The 211th will be primarily responsible for conducting facility security operations at one of the major military bases there."
Scoggins said this will be the unit's second deployment to Afghanistan since the war began in 2002.
He said the unit also played roles in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as well.
The 211th most recently supported the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012, Scoggins said.
Scoggins said the unit, which has received the North Carolina Governor's Unit Citation for outstanding performance, will be deployed for a full year.
The unit will undergo training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and move on to Afghanistan later this fall.
Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >