U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion (CAB), 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) (attached to the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina National Guard), load wheeled and tracked vehicles for rail movement June 3-13, 2019, in Eastover, South Carolina in preparation for a month-long training event at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California.
Approximately 60 tracked vehicles and 100 wheeled vehicles and trailers from the 4-118th CAB will be rail loaded during the nearly two-week period. Soldiers and vehicles will be located near the intersection of Garners Ferry and Leesburg Rd.
The NTC training is in preparation of an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait later this summer. More than 570 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers from the 4-118th CAB will join elements from North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia National Guard, all of which are part of the 30th ABCT, comprising more than 4,000 Soldiers for the deployment.
“We deeply appreciate the support of the public and residents in the Columbia community for their support as our South Carolina National Guard Soldiers prepare for their training,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. R. Van. McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina. “Events like these ensure our Guard Soldiers are ready to answer the call anywhere, anytime, when needed.”
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