Mount Rushmore Ceremony Held For National Guard Unit

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A small South Dakota Army National Guard unit is heading for duty overseas.

The Rapid City-based 216th Engineer Detachment is a three-member firefighting team. The soldiers will be serving nine months in Romania, supporting U.S. and international operations in Europe.

A send-off ceremony was held Monday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The soldiers will head overseas after completing final training at Fort Bliss in Texas.

It’s the second mobilization since 9/11 for the 216th, which served in Iraq from December 2003 to June 2005.

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