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Family, friends bid farewell to Louisiana Guard soldiers deployed to Afghanistan

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Family and friends bid farewell to the Louisiana National Guard Soldiers of the 927th Sapper Company during a deployment ceremony at the Bethany World Prayer Center. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing, 241st MPAD /released) Family and friends bid farewell to the Louisiana National Guard Soldiers of the 927th Sapper Company during a deployment ceremony at the Bethany World Prayer Center. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing, 241st MPAD /released)

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana-based soldiers said goodbye to family and friends before they were deployed to Afghanistan for the second time. 

Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion, were celebrated by family, friends and fellow Guardsmen during a deployment ceremony at the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 20.

The Baton Rouge-based unit will deploy more than 90 Soldiers to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to conduct route-clearance operations.

This combat engineer company will conduct mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas during the one-year deployment.

The 927th has deployed once before to Afghanistan in 2008 and participated in the state response and recovery operations of Hurricane Isaac, as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and flood operations in 2011.

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