National Guard Soldiers In Howell Slated for Deployment
April 8, 2022
By Jessica Mathews / email@example.com
Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers in Howell are slated for Middle East deployment.
Approximately 350 Soldiers assigned to the Michigan Army National Guard 156th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), based in Howell, gathered with their families and invited guests at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and at Howell High School as they prepare to depart for their deployment to the Middle East.
Officials say an important part of any deployment is ensuring that family can join with their loved ones who are preparing to head overseas for a proper send-off and recognition.
Soldiers and their families have attended a Yellow Ribbon Program event designed to educate, assist and provide resources to help support families and minimize hardships related to deployments.
U.S. Army Brig. General Lawrence E. Schloegl is the assistant adjutant general and deputy director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He said “As our Soldiers prepare to deploy, the Michigan National Guard Family Programs Office plays an integral role in support of our military operations and preparing families for the challenges of deployment. Prior to deployment, Soldiers and their families attended a Yellow Ribbon Program event designed to educate, assist and provide resources to help support families and minimize any hardships related to deployments”.
This marked the first deployment for the 156th ESB, which was established six years ago. Known by their slogan, ‘Nothing but Net’, the Soldiers are anticipated to be deployed for up to a year.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Samuel P. LaBara, commander of the 156th ESB, said “We will be operating under Operation Spartan Shield and fall in with U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM). We will be the backbone transmission for all network requirements and will enable uninterrupted mission command in CENTCOM, providing voice and data communications for units and operations within the region and contingency communications support”.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer attended the ceremony and said “As our world yet again faces historic challenges, the Michigan National Guard is ready to support our nation as we continue to secure our safety through our presence overseas. The Michiganders who serve our state and nation in uniform are the best of us. Their service and the sacrifices that their loved ones make keep us safe. They have our unwavering support as they embark on this new deployment and we will continue supporting our military families here at home”.
Images of the ceremony are available via the provided link.