Rapid City,SD-Welcome Home & Deployment Ceremony for SD Guard Units

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May 14, 2022 @ 10:00 am
Rapid City Regional Airport Cell Phone Lot
4550 Terminal Rd
Rapid City
Randy Ward

Welcome Home & Deployment Ceremony
May 14th, 2022
Rapid City, SD

   The Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders have been requested to stand a flag line for the Welcome Home and the Deployment Ceremony of two SD Army National Guard units this coming Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

   A joint welcome home and deployment ceremony is scheduled for two Rapid City-based South Dakota Army National Guard units on Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at the Aviation Readiness Center next to Rapid City Regional Airport.

Seven soldiers with Detachment 5, Company C, 2/641st Aviation Regiment, will be welcomed home after completing a nine-month deployment to Djibouti, Africa.

   The 2-641st recently completed their deployment in support of Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa, where the unit provided aviation transportation and movement of critical equipment, supplies, parts and personnel in the region. The 2/641st is fixed-wing aviation unit comprised of pilots and operations specialists which operate the C-12 King Air.

  Ten soldiers with the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment will also be honored as they depart for a nine-month deployment to Europe.

   The 129th will provide public affairs support to units within the European Command area of operation. The unit is comprised of officers and mass communications specialists which gather and distribute print and broadcast media, facilitate civilian news media, and support command communication initiatives. The 129th soldiers will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas.

Stage: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14th at the Rapid City Regional Airport Cell Phone Lot, 4550 Terminal Rd, Rapid City, SD.

Flags will be provided.

Ride Captain: Dick Turnwall, R.C.