Delaware Army National Guard Unit Deploying to Middle East

Brig. Gen. Michael Berry, Delaware Adjutant General, speaks with members of the 238th Aviation Regiment from the Delaware Army National Guard during the Northern Strike19 exercise on the flight line at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., July 22, 2019. Northern Strike 19 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting approximately 5,700 service members and more than 20 states and seven coalition countries at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena CRTC, both lo
Brig. Gen. Michael Berry, Delaware Adjutant General, speaks with members of the 238th Aviation Regiment from the Delaware Army National Guard during the Northern Strike19 exercise on the flight line at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., July 22, 2019. Northern Strike 19 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting approximately 5,700 service members and more than 20 states and seven coalition countries at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena CRTC, both located in Northern Michigan. (Ryan Zeski/U.S. Air National Guard)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Roughly 250 soldiers in Delaware's Army National Guard are being deployed to southwest Asia.

The Delaware National Guard held a deployment ceremony Saturday at Delaware State University in Dover for the Guard's 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.

The soldiers will be away for nearly a year as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. That's the Pentagon's name for military actions taken to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Delaware Gov. John Carney thanked the soldiers for their service at Saturday's sendoff.

The Guard members will provide voice communication and networks to support warfighters in the region.

The actual deployment will occur later this month.

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