UNION — More than 400 Soldiers with the South Carolina National Guard’s 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will be welcomed home from their nine-month deployment to Kosovo in multiple homecoming ceremonies taking place this morning. All ceremonies are scheduled to begin promptly at 10 a.m.
The ceremony for the HHC, 1-118th Infantry Regiment will be held at the National Guard Armory at 165 Industrial Park Road Union.
The 218th MEB was mobilized in May 2012. After training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., they deployed to Kosovo in Aug. 2012. During their deployment, the 218th MEB helped maintain a safe and secure environment as well as freedom of movement for the residents of Kosovo as part of the Multi-National Battle Group-East in support of Kosovo Force (KFOR) 16.
Soldiers of the 218th MEB earned numerous awards for their outstanding efforts during the deployment, to include 93 Army Achievement medals, 59 Army Commendation medals, 18 Meritorious Service medals and various other awards for weapons proficiency and physical fitness.
“These heroic South Carolinians deployed to Kosovo a pivotal time and successfully accomplished a critical mission. Their hard work over the past year has helped restore hope and build a culture of peace. I am grateful for their families’ sacrifices and proud to join them in welcoming our Soldiers home safely,” said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., The Adjutant General of South Carolina.