211 Military Police deployment ceremony is Sunday
The North Carolina National Guard's 211th Military Police Company will host a mobilization ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the auditorium at Haywood Community College, located at 185 Freedlander Dr., in Clyde.
More than 120 soldiers from the unit will be deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 211th will be primarily responsible for conducting facility security operations at one of the major military bases there.
This will be the unit's second deployment to Afghanistan since 2002. The 211th has been deployed previously in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as well.
Domestically, the 211th MP's assisted in disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and most recently supported the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012.
The MPs have received a Meritorious Unit Citation and the North Carolina Governor's Unit Citation for outstanding performance.
The unit will be deployed for approximately one year and will conduct follow on training at Fort Bliss, Texas before moving on to Afghanistan later this fall.