Kentucky National Guardsmen Depart for Iraq

Members of the Kentucky National Guard's 2113th Transportation Co. stand as the Lt. Governor and Adjutant General enter during the unit's departure ceremony, Dec. 6. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Paducah, Ky., December 6 — Friends and family gathered together for a farewell ceremony in honor of the 145 men and women of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2113th Transportation Company as they prepare for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ceremony took place 9 a.m. (CST) today at the Tilghman High School Auditorium, 2400 Washington Street, Paducah.

The unit will travel to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for several weeks of training before deploying overseas. The Soldiers of the 2113th Transportation Co. will provide convoy security while in Iraq.

This is the second deployment to Iraq for the unit, which deployed in December of 2004 and returned home on January 24th, 2006.

The Kentucky National Guard has deployed more than 12,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in support of the Global War on Terror since September 11, 2001.

POC: Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director Public Affairs, KYNG. 502-352-8008 or kirk.hilbrecht@us.army.mil

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