About 40 members of a Triangle-based N.C. National Guard unit will deploy to Kuwait this year, following a mobilization ceremony at a church outside Garner on Saturday.
Members of the Guard’s 30th Special Troops Battalion (Forward) will perform a variety of tasks during what’s expected to be a nine-month deployment in support of U.S. Navy Central Command in Kuwait. Members of the 30th have a variety of special skills in areas such as military intelligence, mechanics, communications and engineering.
The 30th last deployed as a unit in 2009, to Iraq, but individuals and small groups from the battalion have served where needed in the years since then, said Capt. Brandon Hough.
The mobilization ceremony will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Holland United Methodist Church at 9433 Ten-Ten Road. The battalion will leave North Carolina sometime in May for training and preparation in Texas and is expected to arrive in Kuwait in July, Hough said.