South Dakota Army National Guard members to deploy to Europe
By BECCA SIMON | The American News | Published: April 5, 2019
ABERDEEN, N.D. (Tribune News Service) — About 115 soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard in Aberdeen and Watertown will be deployed in Europe for eight months beginning in September, according to a news release.
Roughly 75 soldiers from Aberdeen-based Alpha Battery and 40 soldiers from the Watertown-based 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion and 147th Forward Support Co. received the mobilization order, said Lt. Col. Anthony Deiss with the South Dakota National Guard.
Both units were notified about a year ago that they might receive an order for deployment, he said.
The units will support Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe. The operation "builds readiness and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries using multinational training events in Germany, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania," according to the release.
Troops from both units will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, for several weeks of training prior to deployment overseas.
Community deployment ceremonies will be scheduled in both Aberdeen and Watertown prior to deployment, although the date is yet to be announced, Deiss said.