SPARTA, IL (10/16/2017) (readMedia)-- WHO:
• Illinois Army National Guard's 661st Engineer Detachment Firefighting Team based in Sparta, Illinois.
• A mobilization ceremony is scheduled for a team of Soldiers who will deploy to Iraq.
• Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.
• Sparta Fire Station, 1803 Hillcrest Drive; Sparta, Illinois.
• The unit will train at Fort Bliss, Texas, for a brief time before deploying for Iraq.
• The 661st will be responsible for aircraft rescue firefighting operations and structural firefighting operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
• This is the first deployment for this detachment.
• This is the first Iraq deployment for an Illinois Army National Guard unit since 2011-2012.
• The unit is expected to be mobilized for approximately 10 months, returning during summer 2018.
• For more information, contact the Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-761-3569
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