Tenn. National Guard engineers deploy to Kuwait

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Army National Guard soldiers from the 212th Engineer Company, based in Paris and Camden, are leaving this week in preparation for a one-year deployment to Kuwait in support of the war in Afghanistan.

Roughly 150 guardsmen will leave on Thursday from the Paris National Guard Armory to go to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training.

Capt. Susan Parker said in a news release that many of their troops have deployed two and three times before. The unit will perform construction operations for coalition forces in Kuwait and elsewhere.

The Paris unit has previously deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from 2002 to 2003 and helped build missile sites and fuel pipelines to support the war in Iraq, as well as building detainee holding facilities.

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