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SD unit to deploy for Afghanistan

HARRISBURG — Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1742nd Transportation Company, family, friends and state dignitaries gathered Saturday at Harrisburg High School for a deployment ceremony.

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The 1742nd will deploy to Afghanistan for a year-long tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The mission of the 1742nd is to provide transportation of both dry and refrigerated containerized cargo, general non-containerized cargo and bulk water and fuel products. The unit’s headquarters is located in Sioux Falls and its Detachment 1 is in Flandreau.

The unit will report to Fort Hood, Texas, to complete several weeks of theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas. This will be the third mobilization for the 1742nd, which deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004 and in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991.