South Dakota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to Europe

National Guard vehicle shoots missile
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ABERDEEN, S.D. — About 115 Soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion and 147th Forward Support Company have received a mobilization order to deploy to Europe for eight months.

The units are being deployed in order to support allied nation partnerships and promote regional security and stability goals.

The Aberdeen-based Alpha Battery is equipped with the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, and is capable of providing artillery support to a brigade, division, corps or coalition task force. The Watertown-based Forward Support Company is a multi-functional logistics unit which provides supply and maintenance support.

Soldiers from Alpha Battery and the FSC will follow currently deployed members of Bravo Battery and the FSC that are supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe.

Operation Atlantic Resolve builds readiness, increases interoperability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries using multinational training events in Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

The deployment will begin in September.

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