Stratford-based Guard unit heading to Afghanistan

September 18, 2018

Forty members from a Stratford-based Army National Guard unit will depart Wednesday for a mission in Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, the Adjutant General and commanding officer of the Connecticut National Guard, said 40 members of the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 192nd Engineer Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company will leave from Bradley International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The company will provide support for Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Based at the Stratford Armory and commanded by Lt. Col. Charles Jaworski, the unit will serve as a battalion headquarters supervising subordinate units specializing in route clearance. Day-to-day tasks will include the command and control of the route clearance efforts in its assigned area of operations.

Elements of the 192nd Engineer Battalion have not deployed since 2012, when the 248th Engineer Company mobilized to Bahrain to conduct security forces and base defense missions.

On Monday, there was a send-off ceremony at the William A. O’Neill State Armory in Hartford.

“Make no mistake, these men and women are experienced, tested leaders who are experts in their field and many of them have deployed previously,” Evon said in a release. “Time and time again, your Connecticut Engineers have provided relief efforts right here at home in the wake of weather events affecting roads and power, and they have exceeded my expectations each and every time.”

Most recently, elements of the 192nd Engineers supported route-clearing efforts in the wake of powerful winds from a tornado and microburst that damaged communities in the state on May 15.

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