MANSURA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says 1,000 people gathered to send off a group deploying to the Kuwait area.

Wednesday's ceremony was for more than 150 soldiers deploying for construction operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The ceremony took place at Avoyelles Public Charter School in Mansura.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was the guest speaker.

Those deploying are with the Guard's 1020th Engineer Company, 527th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade.