March 14, 2013 – Brooksville Guardsmen to deploy to Kosovo

March 14, 2013 - Brooksville Guardsmen to deploy to Kosovo

More than 50 Soldiers will be honored at Sunday ceremony

WHAT – A deployment ceremony for members of the Florida Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment.

WHEN – 1 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Media are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

WHERE – Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2, 16388 Helicopter Dr., Brooksville, Fla.

More than 50 Soldiers from Company C, and Detachment 1 of Company D, of 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment, will be deploying to Kosovo in support of peacekeeping operations. Using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, the aviators will provide general aviation support – to include personnel transport – during their deployment.

The Soldiers will depart from Florida in groups on Tuesday and Wednesday, traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training prior to the overseas deployment. The mission is scheduled for nine months.

The military deployment ceremony will include families, friends, dignitaries and military leaders from the Florida National Guard.

This will be the 96th federal deployment ceremony for Florida National Guard forces since September 2001.