Guard sendoffs scheduled in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi National Guard will hold send-off ceremonies this weekend for three engineering companies mobilizing for one-year tours in Afghanistan.

Members of the 223rd Engineer Battalion in West Point, the Forward Support Company of the 223rd Engineer in Aberdeen and the 288th Engineer Company (Sapper) in Houston, Miss., will head for Fort, Bliss, Texas, after the ceremonies for additional training.

The ceremony for the 90 soldiers in the Houston unit will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Houston courthouse square.

The ceremony for the 70 soldiers of West Point company is at 3 p.m. Saturday at the West Point High School football stadium.

The ceremony for the 90 soldiers in Aberdeen is at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Aberdeen American Legion building on Mississippi Highway 145.