Guam – Three members of the Guam Army National Guard’s Saligao Platoon were the first to arrive home last night [Thursday] following completion of their deployment to Afghanistan.
Members of the platoon’s advanced team are slated to arrive over the weekend, after they complete de-mobilization requirements at Camp Atterbury, IN. The remainder of the team is expected to arrive on island over the next couple of weeks.
The platoon was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 1st of the 178th Field Artillery, South Carolina Army National Guard. They left Guam in December, flying to Camp Atterbury to complete post-mobilization training.
Following approximately three months of mobilization training, the unit proceeded to Afghanistan around March with its assigned company.
The platoon’s mission in Afghanistan was to provide security for US military Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) in their area of operations.
The platoon was the second of three units from the Guam Army National Guard that was slated for mobilization and deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and Operation Enduring Freedom during the fiscal year 2010.
The first unit, Embedded Training Team 4, left Guam in November 2009, and were deployed to Afghanistan. The second unit was the Matua Platoon which was assigned to southern Philippines as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force.
The Matua Platoon returned to Guam in early October. ETT4 members are expected to also return home sometime next week.