Pvt. Earl Anderson, of St. Peters, is one of nearly 93 Missouri National Guard Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan with the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington.
By M. Queiser
FARMINGTON, Mo. - Pvt. Earl Anderson, of St. Peters, 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 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.
Anderson has been with the Missouri Army National Guard for one year and is a combat engineer.
This is his first deployment and he's looking forward to serving his country, said Anderson.
"I have confidence in our unit because of the amount of experience we have for our mission," said Anderson. "I'm excited to leave and obtain the experience this deployment has to offer, and for the day we return home."
While deployed, the company will fall under the command and control of the 120th Engineer Battalion, Oklahoma National Guard. The Soldiers are scheduled to return in the spring of 2013.
Anderson is a graduate of Wright City High School and is currently attending Southeast Missouri State University, of Cape Girardeau. He is supported in his military career by his mother, Brenda Glenn, of St. Peters.
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