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Mooresville-based National Guard soldiers to be honored

The North Carolina National Guard’s Mooresville-based 1131st and 1132nd Engineer Detachments will host a unit demobilization ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the unit’s armory, 720 N. Broad St.

The ceremony will honor 13 soldiers from the unit who served with the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa. The soldiers deployed for weeks at a time in small villages across Ethiopia, providing water for thousands.

Other operations in Djibouti and Kenya provided additional water for U.S. and host nation forces and supported drinking and agricultural water needs in the surrounding area, North Carolina National Guard spokesman Rick Scoggins said Friday.

The soldiers’ mission began in 2012 with training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and then deployment to Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa.

Members of the unit conducted similar operations when they deployed to Africa in 2007.

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