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Cheyenne ceremony Friday will signal beginning of largest Wyoming military deployment in years

Cheyenne ceremony Friday will signal beginning of largest Wyoming military deployment in years

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Wyoming Army National Guard

Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery, Forward, evacuate a mock casualty during a Sept. 8 training at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center. Aviators and medics of the Wyoming Army National Guard's G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation responded with two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The forward unit is set to deploy this year. 

A Wyoming Army National Guard unit will have a sending-off ceremony on Friday as it prepares to deploy to the Middle East, the first in a wave of deployments of Wyoming units over the next several months.

The unit, G Company of the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation, is a medical evacuation company. It is the most-deployed unit in the Wyoming guard, according to a state press release.

Gov. Matt Mead and Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the adjutant general for Wyoming, will both attend a farewell ceremony for the unit in Cheyenne on Friday at the Joint Forces Readiness Center, 58000 Central Ave. The event begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

From Cheyenne, the unit will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, for further “mobilization training,” according to the release.

The medevac unit has been deployed six times since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the release. It is made up of soldiers from Bear River, Casper, Carpenter, Guernsey, Cheyenne, Laramie and Wheatland, and from Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

In October, the state announced that roughly 300 soldiers from six Wyoming guard units will deploy between January and September. The deployments will last roughly nine months each, a spokeswoman previously told the Star-Tribune, though an artillery unit will be there for about a year. The deployment is the largest for the Equality State since 700 soldiers were sent overseas nearly a decade ago.

The units will be deployed under the umbrella of the U.S. Central Command, which extends over Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

In a previous statement, an officer said the units will be performing their “standard missions” while overseas.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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