Spc. Kevin Bronaugh, of House Springs, 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. Kevin Bronaugh, of House Springs, 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.
Bronaugh has been with the Missouri Army National Guard for five years and is a combat engineer. He has four years prior service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
He volunteered to go on this deployment which is his first one, said Bronaugh.
"I have a lot of friends that have served and gone overseas," said Bronaugh. "I felt it was my turn and I want to go too."
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.
He is supported in his military career by his wife, Renee; his children, Jon, 12, Dominic, 11, Monica 8, Ashley, 5 and Kelly,4; and his mother Marge.
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