This year, the end of summer will mark the end of a long break for both Nevada students and Soldiers alike.
It’s been two relatively quiet, homebound years since a Nevada Army Guard has been deployed abroad. But contrary to late-summer days, the deployment schedule is heating up for the five departing Army Guard units that will be performing missions on three continents within six months.
The first unit to leave the state in three years will be the 3665th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company based in Henderson later this month. The unit is set to deploy about 30 Soldier to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel for about 10 months. The last company to leave the state on a deployment was the now-disbanded 485th Military Police Company in August 2016; those Soldiers returned to the Silver State in September 2017.
Established in 2013, the 3665th is the lone EOD unit in the state and the upcoming deployment will be the unit’s first. EOD Soldiers specialize in defusing unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction.