Mount Rushmore ceremony held for National Guard unit
Jul. 18, 2017
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A small South Dakota Army National Guard unit is heading for duty overseas.
The Rapid City-based 216th Engineer Detachment is a three-member firefighting team. The soldiers will be serving nine months in Romania, supporting U.S. and international operations in Europe.
A send-off ceremony was held Monday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The soldiers will head overseas after completing final training at Fort Bliss in Texas.
It's the second mobilization since 9/11 for the 216th, which served in Iraq from December 2003 to June 2005.