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827th Engineer Company Soldiers Depart For Training Before Deploying To Afghanistan

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HORSEHEADS, NY (02/19/2010)--Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 827th Engineer Company will say goodbye to their family members during a deployment ceremony at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center prior to leaving for training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The unit will be deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. WHO: 180 Soldiers and family members of the 827th Engineer Company and Brig. Gen. Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York and Commander of the New York National Guard. WHAT: Deployment Ceremony for 180 New York Army National Guard Soldiers who will train at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin prior to serving for 10 months in Afghanistan. The unit will hold a formal ceremony and the Soldiers are expected to board a Delta Airlines plane at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (next to the Discovery Center) at 1 p.m. to depart for 30 to 60 days of post-mobilization training. WHEN: 11a.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. WHERE: Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, 17 Aviation Drive, Horseheads, New York Coverage Opportunities: Imagery of the Soldiers in formation, bidding farewell to their families and the leaving to board a charter plane. There will be opportunities to interview Soldiers, their families and New York Army National Guard leaders. Additional Information: 827th Engineer Company: 827 Engineer Company is a horizontal construction company, which means they specialize in building and repairing roads headquartered in Horseheads NY and is part of the 204th Engineer Battalion based in Binghamton, NY. The 827th also has a detachment in Walton, NY. The 204th Engineer Battalion is the only engineer battalion in the New York Army National Guard and plays a significant role when the Guard responds to state emergencies. For this upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, the 827th will be doing primarily road construction with D7-Dozers, Scrapers, Graders, and general earthmoving equipment. They are regularly called to assist the State with snow removal and flood support such as their recent State Mission with flooding of Delaware and Sullivan counties June 18, 2007. The Company has been augmented with additional Soldiers from the 204th Engineer Battalion located in Binghamton and the 152 Engineer Company located in Buffalo. These Soldiers from Buffalo recently assisted with flooding of Gowanda and Silver Creek, NY 11-19 August 2009. Capt.Jeffrey Miles is the Company Commander and 1st Sgt.Armando Lopez is the First Sergeant. Follow the New York National Guard on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube: FaceBook: Twitter: YouTube at
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