Kansas Adjutant General's Department

10/7/2010
Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
Email: catherine.f.horner.nfg@mail.mil

(785) 646-1192
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Kansas National Guard's 778th Transportation Company deploying for overseas mission

Approximately 300 Kansas National Guardsmen will be honored during a deployment ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 17. The deployment ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Heritage Hall of the Bicentennial Center, 800 the Midway, Salina, Kan. Doors will open at 9 a.m.

The Soldiers are from the 778th Transportation Company (Heavy Equipment Transport), headquartered in Kansas City, Kan., augmented by Soldiers from the 731st Medium Truck Company and the 137th Transportation Company (Palletized Loading System). All three units are part of the Kansas National Guard’s 287th Sustainment Brigade.

The Guardsmen will deploy to Kuwait to transport military equipment and supplies out of Iraq as U.S. troops withdraw from that nation.

"Our troops may be coming home from Iraq, but that doesn’t mean the job is finished," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general. "Over the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom, our nation has transported tons and tons of military vehicles, equipment and supplies into Iraq. Now, it’s time to bring it home and I can’t think of a group of Soldiers more qualified to carry out that task."

The unit has been conducting pre-mobilization training in Salina at the Great Plains Joint Training Center and will conclude training at Camp Atterbury in Indiana prior to leaving for Kuwait.

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