Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 642nd Aviation Support Battalion slated to deploy to Kuwait later this year will be honored during a ceremony at Southwestern Central High School in Jamestown on Saturday, Sept. 7.
WHO: 50 Soldiers assigned to Company A of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, their family members, and New York Army National Guard leaders. The Soldiers drill at the New York National Guard Armory in Dunkirk.
WHAT: A ceremony to mark the Soldiers mobilization and movement out of New York, first to Fort Hood Texas for post-mobilization training and then to Kuwait where they will provide Army aviation support to American forces stationed in that country. The Soldiers and their families will attend a lunch at American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave., Jamestown, NY after the event.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
WHERE: Southwestern Central High School, 600 County Touring Route 32, Jamestown, NY.
Contact Capt. Kathi Gillespie at (814) 668-8994 for more information.
Members of the press will have an opportunity to interview Soldiers and their families, as well as the leaders of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion. Still and video imagery opportunities include the ceremony, troops in formation, and families with their Soldiers.
The 642nd Aviation Support Battalion provides provide aviation maintenance and logistical support to Army helicopter units. Other elements of the battalion are located at the Army National Guard flight facilities at Rochester International Airport and Long Island McArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma as well as at the New York State Armory in Olean.
The battalion is deploying-first to Fort Hood, Texas for additional training-and then to Kuwait as part of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, a part of the 42nd Infantry Division. The brigade will deploy to Kuwait to provide aviation support for troops station in that country. Along with the 642nd General Support Aviation Battalion Company A, 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, based at Albany International Airport in Latham, will also deploy to Kuwait as part of the brigade.
Elements from other state National Guard's will meet up with the brigade at Fort Hood and train together before deploying.
Formerly known as the 642nd Division Aviation Support Battalion, Soldiers of the 642nd deployed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and served in Iraq as part of the 42nd Infantry Division deployment to that country in 2004/05.
The battalion's Headquarters Company and Headquarters Service Company is scheduled to hold a deployment ceremony for 100 Soldiers at the Army National Guard flight facility in Rochester on Sunday, Sept. 8 as well as a ceremony for175 Soldiers assigned to Company B 642nd Aviation Support Battalion on Long Island. That event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.