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Nov 22nd 2013 at 6:39 PM

AnotherState national guard unit is coming home early from afghanistan?An apparent reflection of theShrinking u.S. footprint as the warSlowly draws to a close. At a yet-To-Be-Announced date in december, the 198th signal battalion, most of which arrived in afghanistan in early june, will begin returning to the united states.It?Ll do so in stages, over a period of three months, as forward operating bases where the unit is operating are shut down, delaware national guard officials said friday. ?AsWe start to draw down, just likeWe did in iraq,We come back to the major bases,?Said maj.Gen.Frank vavala, the state guard?S top officer. ?We?Ll come back to the large cities, like kandahar.As they bring down those?Fobs?And have no need for communication out there, and the engineers start to take down that infrastructure, those people will return back to the battalion.And then they?Ll be available for redeployment back home.? This?Phased?Return means that some, perhaps most, members of the 432-Member communications unit?Roughly 130 of whom are based in south carolina?Will be spending only seven or eight months in theater.A standard army rotation in afghanistan lasts nine months. In lateSeptember, theState guard?S 153rd military police company came back from afghanistan more than a month early.U.S. Central CommandSaid the early return was the result of officials trying to meet force requirements while juggling deploymentSchedules? a task that will no doubt become trickier as theScheduled December 2014 withdrawal of allU.S.Combat forces draws nearer. Officials declined to provide specific dates or more specific timeframes for the 198th?S return, citing the fluidity of work remaining to be done as well Nike Nick Folk Jersey as security concerns.Each returning group will likely contain troops from both delaware and south carolina, vavala said. All returning personnel will first fly to fort bliss, texas, where the unit assembled for pre-Mobilization training in april before flying to afghanistan, for demobilization activities that can last as long as two weeks.Each group will fly to its respective home state once its demobilization activities are complete, according to lt.Col.Len gratteri, the delaware guard?S spokesman. (Page 2 of 2) That means, however,

 

that the first group, if it lands at bliss anywhere from mid-December onward, might not arrive back home until january. The 198th is providing communications support?The installation and maintenance of telephones, radio, computers, as well as the hard-Wiring of infrastructure and help desk support?To international security assistance force troops in multiple locations throughout afghanistan, often operating in remote forward bases. ?In layman?S terms, they are the comcast triple play for the army,?Said command sgt.Maj.Bob miller, the delaware guard?S senior enlisted soldier. ?They provide all the voice and data communications for wherever the customer is.? The gear the unit took to afghanistan?And will bring to fort bliss?Filled 17 c-5 cargo jets, he said. As the troops prepare to come home, some could face a harsh reality?The lack of a full-Time job.About 60 of the 300-Odd delaware members of the 198th do not currently have a full-Time civilian job, according to christine kubik, the state guard?S employer support specialist. ?They?Re anxious,?Kubik said. ? Coming home,They?Re starting to.Ask about applying for positions.? Affected troops in afghanistan spend downtime hours attending job workshops and looking online for job leads, kubik said.She also sends the unit?Job e-Alerts.? The high degree of technical skills and certifications within Cheap NFL Hat the unit, and the current demand for such skills, should help ease matters. ?I think that they?Ll have an easier time,?Kubik said. Page

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