A team of senior Washington National Guard soldiers is preparing to leave soon for a mission in Jordan and Kuwait, where the soldiers will serve as military liaisons to the Middle Eastern nations.
About 30 senior enlisted soldiers and officers are deploying as a “military engagement team.” They’re assigned to the 96th Troop Command.
Their overseas assignment is intended to nurture ties with U.S. allies. The soldiers will work on communication and join training exercises, said their commander, Col. Robin Blanchard.
They’re holding a deployment ceremony June 15 at Camp Murray in Lakewood. They expect to reach the Middle East in late summer and spend the next year on various assignments in the region.adam.ashton@ thenewstribune.com