FRESNO, Calif. -
A Saturday afternoon ceremony near Fresno will mark the departure of nearly 100 soldiers from the California Army National Guard’s 1106th Theater Aviation Sustainment Management Group, as they prepare for a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
While deployed the 1106th will work under the Army Material Command in Southwest Asia and will be responsible for supporting units in both Kuwait and Afghanistan.
These highly trained soldiers specialize in the repair of aviation systems, the classification and repair of aircraft parts and the transportation of aviation assets theater-wide.
The 1106th’s peacetime mission is to support the 13 Western states with various levels of aviation maintenance.
The 1106th is one of four such specialized units in the United States, all of which are components of the Army National Guard. All four units have deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The 1106th deployed in both December 2004 and March 2009.
The departure ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., March 9, on Army Aviation Support Facility-Fresno, located at 5168 E. Dakota, Fresno, CA.