Sgt. Gabriel Dowdy, of Kansas City, finishes preparing his bag, under the watchful eye of his mother Corrine, so he can travel to pre-mobilization at Fort Leonard Wood with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade for training before deployment to Kuwait. (Rachel Knight/Missouri National Guard)
By Rachel Knight
SEDALIA, Mo. - Missouri National Guard's 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Sedalia, left Tuesday morning to begin their yearlong deployment journey.
Over 130 Soldiers from the brigade are heading to Fort Leonard Wood to begin their pre-mobilization training. The 30-days of training will include weapons qualification, mass casualty, media engagement, negotiations, movement operations, mine awareness, and much more.
After completion of pre-mobilization, the Soldiers will continue training at Fort Hood, Texas, before traveling to Kuwait.
While deployed, the brigade's mission will be the command and control headquarters for the aviation elements in Kuwait.
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Spc. Seth Folsom, of Stover, clearly marks his military gear so it can be loaded in the trailer. Folsom is one of over 130 Soldiers from the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade that is deploying to Kuwait. (Rachel Knight/Missouri National Guard)
Spc. Diantoine James, of Kansas City, prepares his military gear to be loaded into a trailer. James and the rest of the Soldiers in the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade left Tuesday morning for pre-mobilization training at Fort Leonard Wood. (Rachel Knight/Missouri National Guard)