Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Minnesota National Guard unit is getting ready for a deployment to Kuwait.

The Willmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion will deploy for an eleven-month mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield. For a majority of the Guard members, it will be their first overseas assignment.  

A departure ceremony will take place Thursday at the Willmar Senior High School at 11 a.m.  

"The deploying Soldiers of the 682nd Engineer Battalion are eager to begin the deployment to Kuwait. This will be the first deployment for two-thirds of the unit, they are ready to create their own deployment experience," said Lt. Col. Keith Ferdon, battalion commander. 

"Our battalion will be part of Task Force Wild in Kuwait. As a Minnesota hockey fan that is pretty cool. Our battalion has the mission of managing engineer sustainment operations throughout the Middle East, meaning we manage road and building infrastructure maintenance for coalition forces," said Ferdon.

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