Muskogee-based Guard unit prepares to deploy
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Friday, February 22, 2013
BRAGGS -- About 150 members of the 1220th Engineer Company set out in convoys across Camp Gruber Friday morning, a training exercise ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan.
The soldiers will conduct base demolition operations as well as oversee movement of supplies in eastern Afghanistan, said company commander Capt. Joshua Lawson.
“We want to be as tactically proficient as possible when we get there,” said Lawson of Fort Gibson, who serves as a trooper in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
A deployment ceremony is scheduled for the soldiers of the Muskogee-based company at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W. Shawnee St., Muskogee.
The soldiers will leave later next week to complete their training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before they head to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment.
The 1220th Engineer Company from the Oklahoma National Guard during convoy training at Camp Gruber in preparation of their upcoming deployment to Afganistan, Friday. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World