190 Guard members set to deploy to Kuwait



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Soldiers of 98th Maintenance Company train at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Aug. 30, 2011. The company will begin a 12-month tour of duty in Kuwait next month.

U.S. Air Force photo/Percy G. Jones

A ceremony to recognize the upcoming deployment of the 98th Maintenance Company was held at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Jan. 23.

Approximately 130 Soldiers will deploy in February for a 12-month tour of duty in Kuwait, where they will provide vehicle maintenance, welding and fabrication and repair parts supply, according to a U.S. Army press release.

Soldiers in the company repair radios, computers, small arms, generators and air conditioning units and also provide maintenance for other units. The unit has wreckers to assist in recovering any type of wheeled or tracked vehicles, the release said.

The unit deployed most recently to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 98th Maintenance Company is a subordinate unit of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Lt. Col. Andrew Mergens, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, hosted the ceremony.

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