Spc. Cody Bishop, of Desoto, is one of nearly 93 Missouri National Guard Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington.
By M. Queiser
FARMINGTON, Mo. - Spc. Cody Bishop, of Desoto, is one of nearly 93 Missouri National Guard Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington.
The unit - which draws Soldiers from the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau - is part of Operation Enduring Freedom operations in Afghanistan, and will be conducting route clearance missions.
Soldiers spent 29 days training at Camp Crowder and Camp Clark for pre-mobilization training that allowed them to learn necessary skills for deployment. Training conducted there included weapons qualifications, route clearance operations and tactics, battle drills and warrior tasks.
Currently, Soldiers are finalizing appropriate training for deployment at Fort Bliss, Texas, including squad and platoon battle drills and tasks while being in vehicles and environments similar to that in which they will encounter while deployed. After mobilization training, the Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in mid-August.
Bishop has been with the Missouri Army National Guard for six years and is a combat engineer.
This will be his first deployment but he is looking forward to doing his job, said Bishop.
"I extended my contract for this deployment," said Young. "As Sappers we clear the way. Every IED we find is one less that someone less unfortunate would find."
While deployed, the company will fall under the command and control of the 120th Engineer Battalion, Oklahoma National Guard. The Soldiers will return in mid May 2013.
Bishop is a graduate of Desoto Senior High School and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is supported in his military career by his wife, Maggie and his mother Rita Bomberry, both of Desoto.
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