Deployment ceremony set for SD Army Guard unit
PIERRE, S.D.— A deployment ceremony is being held for about 160 South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who are going to Afghanistan.
The ceremony for the 1742nd Transportation Company is being held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Harrisburg High School. Speakers include Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch (RYSH), adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard.
The unit will deploy to Afghanistan for a year-long tour. Its mission is to provide transportation of cargo and bulk water and fuel products. The unit's headquarters is in Sioux Falls, with a detachment in Flandreau.
The unit will train in Fort Hood, Texas, for several weeks before going overseas. This is the third mobilization for the unit, which was also deployed to Iraq in 1990-1991 and 2003-2004.