NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island National Guard had a departure ceremony on Memorial Day for troops being deployed to southwest Asia.

The ceremony was held for nearly 100 Soldiers of the Infantry Company, also known as the “Attack” Company, at the Quonset Air National Guard Base.

Gov. Dan McKee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and Treasurer Seth Magaziner all attended.

“Attack Company, you are a model unit within our National Guard,” said Brigadier General Andrew Chevalier, Land Component Commander Rhode Island Army National Guard. “Whether it’s standing out amongst your peer companies in your battalion, supporting the COVID response or responding to civil unrest here or in the National Capital Region, you always rise to the occasion and excel in your missions.”

The troops will travel to Fort Bliss Texas on Tuesday to complete their post-mobilization training before heading to southwest Asia to serve as site security and Quick Reaction Forces.

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