Triad Soldiers Demobilize Nov. 2 Following Afghanistan Mission


A demobilization and welcome home ceremony for nearly 200 Triad-area soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard's 883rd/881st Route Clearance Company was held Nov. 2 for them and their families at First Baptist Church in Greensboro. These combat engineers recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation New Dawn.

The unit, also referred to as "Sappers," specializes in demolition and breaching operations and the detection and clearance of improvised explosive devices. Its farewell ceremony was held in August of 2011.

During this deployment, the Company trained the Afghan National Army to conduct route-clearance operations, conducted daily route-clearance and reconnaissance operations, gathered biometric information on the local population and performed foot patrols throughout its area of operations. The unit's work safeguarded U.S., coalition and local forces and ensured freedom of movement for those forces.

The unit is stationed at Readiness Centers in Rockingham, Roseboro and Winston-Salem and falls under a headquarters unit, the 105th Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Raeford. 


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Contact: Capt. Rick Scoggins @CaptRS2
Phone: (919) 538-2123


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