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Mississippi National Guard unit being deployed in 2018

JACKSON (AP) — About 4,200 Mississippi National Guard soldiers will be mobilized starting in 2018, including a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

A guard news released today says the soldiers are from the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, based in Tupelo. Brookhaven is home to E Co. which is part of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion that is headquartered in Monticello. It is unclear at this time if the Brookhaven company will be mobilized.

Its Mississippi battalion headquarters are also McComb, Senatobia, Starkville, Amory and Meridian. It also has a battalion based in Kansas City, Kansas.

The brigade will go to Fort Bliss, Texas, in the spring and then to Kuwait for Operation Spartan Shield. The guard says the operation is to “deter and react to possible threats within the Middle East.”

This will be the unit’s third deployment to the Middle East since 2001.

The 155th commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, says the brigade “stands ready to deploy for any mission within Mississippi or abroad.”