More than 120 Nashville-based soldiers leave for Kuwait

Courtesy: Tennessee Department of Military

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than 120 Nashville-based soldiers left on Sunday for the first leg of a one-year deployment to Kuwait.

Soldiers from the National Guard’s 230th Signal Company will first spend about a month at Fort Hood in Texas before officially leaving for Kuwait in support of Operations Spartan Shield.

“We’re all very excited to get to Hood to finish training,” said Capt. Gilbert Abrams. “We’ve been working really hard and are looking forward to putting it to use overseas.”

During their deployment, the soldiers will forward-deploy communications teams throughout Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries throughout the Middle East. They’ll provide Information Technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops.

This is not the first time the company has deployed. It conducted a similar mission in Kuwait from July 2011 to August 2012.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 27,000 Tennessee Army and Air National Guardsmen have been deployed.