HARRISBURG, S.D. (KELO-AM)– A deployment ceremony will be held for approximately 160 Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1742nd Transportation Company at 10 a.m. (CT) Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Harrisburg High School at 1300 W. Willow St.
The public is encouraged to attend. Planned speakers for the ceremony include Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, the adjutant general of the SDNG.
The 1742nd will deploy to Afghanistan for a year-long tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The mission of the 1742nd is to provide transportation of both dry and refrigerated containerized cargo, general non-containerized cargo and bulk water and fuel products. The unit’s headquarters is located in Sioux Falls and its Detachment 1 in Flandreau.
The unit will report to Fort Hood, Texas, to complete several weeks of theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas. This will be the third mobilization for the 1742nd, which deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004 and in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991.