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Hilo station among National Guard units set to deploy

KAILUA-KONA — Approximately 1,000 Hawaii Army National Guard troops have been notified they should be prepared to deploy to the Middle East and Europe starting next spring.

The Department of Defense notified HIARNG on Thursday about the deployment of six units including one based on the Big Island. They are:

• Company B, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment (CH-47 Chinook helicopter).

• All HIARNG detachments of 1st Battalion, 189th General Support Aviation Battalion (HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, Medical Evacuation).

• Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 29th IBCT (Brigade Staff).

• 227th Brigade Engineer Battalion.

• 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment (based in Hilo).

• 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery.

Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, with the Air National Guard Public Affairs Office, told West Hawaii Today in an email that the notice is related to deployments of National Guardsmen across the U.S. in recent months.

“Most of these deployments would be to the Middle East in support of various operational contingencies, which could include operations combating ISIS,” he wrote.

However, exact dates, locations, numbers or missions have not been finalized. The notice gives the HIARNG sourcing to plan and coordinate future training necessary for deployment.


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