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Ill-based National Guard units to be deployed to Kuwait

Illinois Army National Guard (U.S. Navy/WikiCommons)
August 17, 2019

Approximately 15 soldiers with the Springfield-based 1886th Engineer Facility Detachment of the Illinois Army National Guard have been notified they will deploy to Kuwait in the fall of 2020.

This will be the first deployment for the unit, according to a news release from the Illinois Army National Guard. The unit, which was organized in 2016, is expected to be in Kuwait for about 10 months.

The 1866th is expected to provide engineer area support and contract oversight, project documentation preparation, environmental assessment and reporting, operations and maintenance training, energy conservation surveys, drafting of service contracts, and short- and long-range facility work plans in support of U.S. and coalition military forces in the U.S. Army Central Command area of operations during the deployment.

In addition, 60 soldiers with the Springfield-based 233rd Military Police Company are expected to deploy to Kuwait in the spring of 2021.

During its deployment, the 233rd will provide law enforcement deterrence, Military Police (MP) first responders, law enforcement incident command, MP investigations, traffic accident investigations, physical security operations, and installation access management throughout the area of operations in support of U.S. and coalition military forces in the U.S. Army Central Command.

An additional five soldiers with the 233rd are expected to deploy to the Middle East at that same time to perform military police missions in support of U.S. Central Command.

The 233rd traces its history to 1895, when it was organized in the Illinois National Guard as Company B, 9th Battalion, 178th Infantry in Chicago. It was redesignated Feb. 1, 1968 as the 233rd Military Police Company in Chicago. The 233rd moved to Springfield in 1978. The 233rd most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2016.


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