Joe Biden is sending 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky National Guard troops to the horn of Africa. The deployment marks the largest mobilization of Virginia’s National Guard since World War II.
More than 800 Virginia and 200 Kentucky Guardsmen were transported to Fort Bliss, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training, marking the start of their federal active duty status.
The troops will be deployed to “unspecified countries” in Africa early next year.
Virginia units from Bedford, Charlottesville, Lexington, Pulaski, and Suffolk and a Kentucky unit from Somerset, are deploying as “Task Force Red Dragon.” They a mobilizing under the command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team “to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.”