DRAPER, Utah — The
approximately 150 Soldiers of the Utah National Guard’s 624th
Engineer Company, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade,
will depart Utah on the first leg of their 12-month deployment
to Afghanistan Wednesday, June 13, from the Utah Air National
Guard Base in Salt Lake City.
The departure ceremony
for the 624th will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Utah
Air National Guard Base. The first plane will depart at
approximately 9:45 a.m., and the second plane will follow at
about 10:15 a.m. Updates to departure times will be sent out as
needed via Twitter @UTNationalGuard, hashtag #utahguard.
The mission of the 624th
will be to perform vertical construction (the building of
structures and buildings) in the U.S. Central Command area of
operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit
will spend several weeks at Fort Bliss, Texas, for additional
training before heading overseas to fulfill its assigned
Individual Soldiers in
the 624th have deployed previously, but this is the
first time the unit has deployed since it was created in 2008.
The unit is based in Springville, Utah, and has detachments in
Price and Vernal. Soldiers assigned to each of these locations
will deploy together as a unit.