Wake County

Morrisville-based Guard unit deploys to Kuwait

About 20 N.C. National Guard soldiers based in Morrisville will deploy to Kuwait in the coming days, doing maintenance and repair work on attack helicopters in the region.

Members of Detachment 1, Company B of the 638th Aviation Support Battalion will be gone about a year, said National Guard spokesman Capt. Matthew Boyle. The unit will hold a mobilization ceremony Friday evening at the state National Guard’s headquarters in Raleigh.

The 638th will deploy as part of a battalion composed of National Guard units from the states of Washington, Michigan, Kentucky and South Carolina. Members of the battalion will provide maintenance of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in support of Army missions and may move around the region as needed, Boyle said.

Members of the 638th deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 to 2010, and more than half of the unit’s soldiers have deployed before.