1139th Military Police Company Deployment Ceremony 2020. Photo Courtesy of Missouri National Guard.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There was a National Guard deployment ceremony for family, friends and supporters  for the National Guard’s 1139th Military Police Company June 27 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The ceremony incorporated social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soldiers participated while following CDC guidelines. Family and visitors in attendance were encouraged to wear face coverings and were required to follow social distancing at all times.

The event streamed live on the Missouri National Guard Facebook in an effort to minimize crowds and protect families.

The 1139th Soldiers will depart for Southwest Asia where they will conduct protective services of law and order in Southwest Asia. The mission is called Operations Spartan Shield (OSS) and Enduring Freedom.

Task Force Spartan is a unique multi-component organization made up of active Army and National Guard units, rounded out by U.S. Army Reserve support units. They maintain a U.S. military posture in Southwest Asia to strengthen our defense relationships and build partner capacity.

The unit conducted its mission training at Fort Leonard Wood. They now will head to Texas to conduct validation training before heading to Southwest Asia.

For more information you can contact the Missouri National Guard Public Affairs office by email or  (573) 638-9846.

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