Ohio National Guard Unit Will Tear Down Military Posts In Afghanistan

File photo(Photo: Ohio National Guard)
File photo(Photo: Ohio National Guard)

The office of Ohio Adjutant General Deborah Ashenhurst says the mission for an Ohio Army National Guard unit deploying to Afghanistan on May 30 will include helping tear down United States military operating posts.

The unit, which normally runs heavy equipment to facilitate building projects and hauling construction materials said in a statement that part of its mission in Afghanistan is to tear down down “many of the coalition forces’ smaller operating posts.”

This week President Barack Obama announced plans for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency.

A “Call to Duty” ceremony for the unit is planned Thursday for more than 150 soldiers from the 1191st Engineer Company, located in Portsmouth in southern Ohio. They’ll first train in Texas before deploying to Afghanistan.