WEST JORDAN, Utah – More than 230 soldiers from one of the Utah National Guard’s aviation units left for the Middle East Friday.
They will be supporting Operation Spartan Shield.
“This is an extremely complex mission merging nine units from seven states,” said Lt. Col. Chad Koon, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation. “We will be providing air support to many locations in Kuwait and Iraq.”
Utah Guard Adjutant General Major Gen. Jefferson S. Burton and leadership from the deploying battalion spoke at a ceremony Friday morning.
Following the ceremony, some of the unit flew to Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training prior to deploying overseas. The remaining unit members will depart Saturday.
The 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation is a General Support Aviation Battalion of Black Hawk helicopters deploying to conduct missions in the region such as troop and equipment movement, airlift operations and other aviation support with Middle Eastern partners as required.