CT National Guard unit ships out

Members of the 242nd Engineer Detachment meet with Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman before deployment. (Photo: CT National Guard).

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The 242nd Engineer Detachment of the Connecticut National Guard has left Connecticut for an eventual tour of duty in Southwest Asia.

This is the first Connecticut unit to be deployed this year.

The nine-member team left Bradley International Airport Thursday afternoon for Fort Bliss, Texas, where they will receive more training before heading overseas. According to the National Guard, they specialize in planning, managing and assessing engineer projects.

“This is an important mission that will facilitate Allied plans to turn over significant base operations responsibilities to the (Afghan National Army) this year,” Maj. Gen. Thaddeus Martin said in a statement.

The engineering unit is based in Niantic.

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