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Idaho Army National Guard to be deployed to Southwest Asia

Lt. Col. Christopher Borders stresses the deployment is not related to recent activity in Afghanistan
Idaho Army National Guard begins loading equipment for a 29-day training at Fort Irwin,...
Idaho Army National Guard begins loading equipment for a 29-day training at Fort Irwin, California. (KMVT image)(KMVT)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 4:45 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Around 200 troops from the Idaho Army National Guard will be deployed this fall to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The operation, which has been active in Southwest Asia and the Middle East for years, has a mission of strengthening U.S. defense relationships in the region.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Borders of the Idaho Army National Guard says the Guard’s role in the mission is to supply support for active troops in the area.

Borders also said this mission is not a response to the recent activity in Afghanistan.

“The brigade has spent the last two years planning for this mission, the last year training for this mission,” Lt. Col. Borders said. “It has been on our radar for quite some time. This is, by no means, a response to the current situation in Afghanistan.”

This weekend, the troops and their families will be made aware of deployment status. So, if you have a loved one in the Idaho Army National Guard, more information is to come.

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