Guam – About 25 members of the Guam Army National Guard’s Matua Platoon are slated to arrive tonight [Sunday] (15 personnel) and tomorrow night [Monday] (10 personnel) following completion of their deployment.
The platoon was mobilized for deployment in support of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. The unit left Guam in January, flying to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where they completed post-mobilization training.
The mission of the GUNG platoons mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and deployed in support of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) is to provide humanitarian assistance in the region the platoon is assigned. They accomplish this by providing internal security to other JSOTF-P units.
The platoon was the third unit from the Guam Army National Guard to be mobilized in support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO; formerly called the Global War on Terror or GWOT) and Operation Enduring Freedom for deployment in support of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.
The Guam National Guard has more than 50 other Soldiers and Airmen currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.