LANSING—Friends, family and members of the community gathered at Kingsford High School on Friday, May 4, for a departure ceremony in honor of the 1432nd Engineer Company based in Kingsford and Iron River.
More than 90 soldiers from the unit traveled first to Fort Bliss, Texas, to receive mission-specific briefs and training. From Fort Bliss, they will depart for Afghanistan to complete a nine-month tour of duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Unit Commander Capt. Todd Falor was presented with a distinctive state of Michigan flag from the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Director and Michigan National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais.
The flag will be flown at the forward operating base where the unit will be stationed.
Today, more than 1,300 Michigan National Guard soldiers and airmen are deployed across the globe; however, as the Michigan Guard serves the nation abroad, more than 90 percent of the force remains trained and ready to respond to a state or national emergency, including a terrorist event.