Spc. Michael Carlyon, of Bonne Terre, 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. Michael Carlyon, of Bonne Terre, 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.
Carlyon has been with the Missouri Army National Guard for three years and is a combat engineer.
This is his first deployment but he's ready to serve, said Carlyon.
"I'm proud to serve my nation and community," said Carlyon. "I'm looking forward to helping my fellow Soldiers to accomplish our goal and 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.
Carlyon is a graduate of Park Hills Central R-III. He has been supported in his military career by his late father, Ronald Carlyon, and his mother Marla Black, of Alton, Ill.
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