More than 200 Guam Guard soldiers in Middle East region

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Guam National Guard soldiers departed this morning enroute to Yuma, Arizona, in support of Operation Guardian Support at the Southwest Border.

Although there are no Guam Guard soldiers inside the U.S. military facilities in Iraq attacked by Iran, there are a number who are deployed in the Middle East region.

According to Maj. Josephine Blas, Guam Guard spokeswoman, there is one Guam Guard Airman deployed to the CENTCOM region, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, which was established to deal with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

In addition, more than 200 Guam Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, who are supporting a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.

These soldiers are part of a Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) team, consisting of about 12 countries, who supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.

Other Guard soldiers are deployed in other parts of the world.

Just this morning, eight Soldiers from the Guam National Guard departed enroute to Yuma, Arizona in support of Operation Guardian Support at the Southwest Border. They are replacing Soldiers that returned last night. As of this time, there are about 37 Soldiers and Airmen supporting that mission.

Guam Guard Soldiers are also supporting the security forces, or SECFOR, mission for Task Force Talon which is responsible for operating the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), located at Andersen Air Force Base, Yigo, Guam.

“As always, we ask the public for their continued support of our Soldiers and Airmen we are serving abroad in harm’s way. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers now and for the duration of their deployments,” Maj. Blas said.

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