The National Guard says more than 125 soldiers from the 1175th Transportation Company based in Tullahoma left for a year-long deployment on Wednesday. Guardsmen will be in McAllen, Texas, which is along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The National Guard says they will assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in preventing illegal entry and deterring illicit activity. Troops will additionally monitor the border, support border patrol stations, and detect illegal entry from observation posts.
According to Tennessee military leaders, the soldiers flew to Fort Bliss, Texas, on Wednesday (October 11). There, they will complete pre-deployment training, which will last one week.
Photo of TN National Guard soldiers from the 1175th Transportation Company preparing for deployment from TN Department of Military