Local Artillery Guard unit heading to the Middle East

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A Chattanooga-based National Guard unit is about to head overseas.

The Tennessee National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery Regiment is leaving this weekend for a ten month deployment to the Middle East.

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The Regiment also has units in Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, Fayetteville and Dayton.

More than 350 soldiers will be leaving from Smyrna on Sunday.

“We have spent the last year training under unique circumstances,” said Lt. Col. Phillip Hill, Jr., 1-181st Battalion Commander.

“The Soldiers of this battalion have displayed an ability to step up and meet every challenge. I am 100% confident that they will continue to do so as we mobilize and deploy.”

the 1-181st will spend a few weeks training at Fort Bliss, Texas before going overseas.

Once there, they will operate in several countries under CENTCOM.