Just days after President Obama announced that half of the American troops in Afghanistan will be brought home within a year; the South Dakota National Guard prepares to send another unit overseas.
A deployment ceremony was held Friday morning for eleven members of the South Dakota National Guard preparing for their deployment to Afghanistan.
The Rapid City based 129th mobile public affairs unit will first report to Fort Dix in New Jersey for more training before deploying overseas for nine months.
Their mission is to provide public affairs support, media coverage, and media escort. For most of the members in the unit this is their first deployment overseas.
"I think all of my people are excited about this because it gives us a chance to do what we were trained to do and to serve our country and of course our state. So it gives us an opportunity to show what we've learned," said Major Wayne Asscherick, Commander of the 129th Public Affairs Unit.
This is the third mobilization for the unit since the beginning of the global war on terrorism.