Clay Jackson/Staff Soldiers stand at attention during a departure ceremony Tuesday for Kentucky Army National Guard's Headquarters Company, 206th Engineer Battalion. More than 5,000 Kentucky Guard troops have been mobilized since Sept. 11, 2001.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A departure ceremony is planned for 565 Kentucky National Guard soldiers who will deploy to Africa for nine months.
Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky, will attend the sendoff ceremony Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center for soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery.
The soldiers will deploy to the Horn of Africa where they will work to promote regional security and stability.
The Lexington-based unit, which completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the most decorated in the Kentucky National Guard.