Deployment ceremony held for 1742nd Transportation Co.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A deployment ceremony is held for about 160 South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who are going to Afghanistan.
The ceremony for the 1742nd Transportation Company was held Saturday at the Harrisburg High School. Speakers included Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard.
"We are here today to send the 1742nd off with our well wishes,” said Daugaard. “You are the epitome of competency, dedication and reliability and you represent the best of South Dakota.”
Senator Thune said, “South Dakotans have always punched above their weight when it comes to answering the call to duty. We have a lot of men and women who are here today who are going to answer that call again – and we say thank you.”
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.