1000 Virginia National Guard Soldiers heading to Horn of Africa

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is heading to Africa.

An announcement by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, said a mobilization order came in to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa,

Approximately 1,000 soldiers will mobilize as Task Force Red Dragon under 1st Battalion’s Headquarters with Virginia Army National Guard units from Bedford, Charlottesville, Lexington, Pulaski and Suffolk and a Kentucky Army National Guard unit from Somerset, Kentucky.

The deployment will begin in late Fall 2021 and last for around 12 months, according to officials.

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