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Ceremony for deploying National Guard soldiers to be held at TWU Aug. 13

8/8/11

DENTON — More than 150 Denton Texas National Guard soldiers will participate in a mobilization ceremony at Texas Woman’s University Saturday, Aug. 13 before deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Members of the community are invited to the Soldier Farewell Ceremony for the 236TH Engineer Company, which will be begin at 1 p.m. in TWU’s Pioneer Hall, located off Bell Avenue between University Drive and Administration Drive.

Area students from the Guyer High School Color Guard and Boy Scout Troop #372 will show their support for the soldiers during the ceremony. A reception for the soldiers, their families and community guests will be held immediately following the ceremony. The American Red Cross and local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be on hand to provide information during the reception.

TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart will be among the speakers who help send the soldiers off for their second tour of duty. The unit was deployed to Iraq in 2005.

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Background: In 2005, Denton’s own Texas Army National Guard unit, Alpha Company 2/112 Armor, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon return to Denton after a successful deployment, the unit was notified that they would be transforming from armor (tankers) to engineers (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons) in early 2007. Today, the unit has more than 150 soldiers who are highly motivated, trained and ready to perform their duties in Afghanistan. Although this deployment will make a second or third trip to combat for many of these soldiers, it is the first deployment under the 236th banner.

Texas Woman’s University has a long history of supporting veterans both in the community and as students at the university. TWU’s successful efforts in embracing America’s vets as students is recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine, which has named TWU one of its top Military Friendly Schools for three consecutive years.


Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
940-898-3456
asimpson1@twu.edu

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