The state adjutant general's office says the mission for an Ohio Army National Guard unit deploying to Afghanistan will include helping to tear down military operating posts.
A call to duty ceremony is planned Thursday for more than 150 soldiers from the 1191st Engineer Company, located in Portsmouth in southern Ohio. They'll train in Texas, then deploy to Afghanistan. The unit runs heavy equipment to facilitate building projects and hauling construction materials, among other tasks. A statement describes part of its mission in Afghanistan as tearing down "many of the coalition forces' smaller operating posts." This week President Barack Obama announced plans for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency.