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Gladstone troops to deploy

1430th attachment will go to Afghanistan Nov. 3

October 26, 2010
By Dionna Harris

GLADSTONE - Members of the Michigan Army National Guard 1430th Vertical Engineering Company attachment in Gladstone will deploy for a one-year mission in Afghanistan.

According to Capt. Jason Rolling, Company Commander 1430th Vertical Engineer Co., based in Ishpeming, approximately 170 soldiers will deploy Nov. 3. While the exact number of soldiers deploying from the 1430th Vertical Engineer Co. is classified for security reasons, Capt. Rolling did say a majority of personnel from the Gladstone Armory are part of the deployment.

"We have soldiers from as far south as Detroit, up through the Lower Peninsula into the Upper Peninsula who are part of our unit," said Capt. Rolling.

While some of the parameters of the mission have been classified, Capt. Rolling said the overall mission is one of support and reconstruction in an undisclosed area of Afghanistan.

Part of the mission assigned to the 1430th Engineer Co. is the construction of buildings and general infrastructure.

Some of the infrastructure projects may include construction of electrical grids, water utilities, general carpentry, masonry and plumbing.

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According to Capt. Jason Rolling, Company Commander 1430th Vertical Engineer Co., based in Ishpeming, approximately 170 soldiers will deploy Nov. 3. While the exact number of soldiers deploying from the 1430th Vertical Engineer Co. is classified for security reasons, Capt. Rolling did say a majority of personnel from the Gladstone Armory are part of the deployment.

"If it is off the ground, we will build it," said Capt. Rolling.

A deployment ceremony for the men and women who are heading to Afghanistan from the 1430th Vertical Engineer Co., is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 3, at the Gladstone Armory.

 
 

 

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