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The Virginia National Guard Departure Ceremony

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia National Guard's Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted a departure ceremony Sunday, at 10 a.m. at Birdneck Elementary School in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the 529th CSSB received a mobilization order in November 2013 to enter federal active service for duty in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Soldiers are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying. Once they arrive in Kuwait, they are scheduled to operate as a mission command headquarters with the task of planning and executing combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region. Most of the Soldiers in the unit are from the Hampton Roads area.

About 10 Soldiers are from the Richmond area, approximately 10 are from the Southwest Virginia area, and about 5 are from the Northern Virginia area. "The 529th Headquarters Soldiers are one of the most multi-talented staffs that I have ever served with," said Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy D. White, command sergeant major of the 529th.

We here at TV8 wish you a safe mission and speedy return home.

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