The Kentucky National Guard unit 613th Engineer Facilities Detachment unit, based out of Springfield, Kentucky, is being departed to Afghanistan.
The fifteen member unit will travel to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
While on their mission, the unit will lead a group called the "Infrastructure Training and Advisory Group" also known as ITAG. Their focus is to train and advise the Afghan National Army Engineers and Afghan National Police Engineers on techniques and operations for facilities. "We're going to go out and teach the Afghans how to maintain their facilities," explains Lt. Charles Hilpp, "we'll actually teach them how to defend what they've already built."
Since September 11th, 2001 more than 14,000 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. "Feels good to be doing what we are doing. We are proud to serve, go out and do what we've been training to do for the last two years."
The Kentucky National Guard currently has nearly 400 troops in Afghanistan and around the globe.