Earlier this week, almost 200 Guam National Guard soldiers traveled from their pre-deployment training base in New Mexico to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Our soldiers will be away from home for nearly a year. They joined the U.S. military contingent in a multinational force that will stand watch to keep the peace in the region.
The multinational force operates in the challenging environment of the Sinai Peninsula – a mountainous, thinly populated desert about the size of West Virginia, with Israel and the Gaza Strip on its eastern border, the Army has stated.
These soldiers of the Guam Army National Guard 1-294th Infantry Regiment, also known as the "Chamorri Battalion," have made a name for themselves even before their deployment. They "are the most disciplined, and most positive unit we've ever had, and we will miss them," Lt. Col. Reggie Williams, the commander that supervised their training, has stated.
The children, spouses and other family members of these soldiers will be missing them, rooting for them and praying and hoping for their safe return.
"We will continue to pray for their safety as they honorably serve our island and nation," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said after she visited them at their training base before their departure to Egypt.
While Guam is gearing up to celebrate the 75th-year anniversary of the island's liberation from Japanese occupation in World War II, the world still has conflict zones where some of our men and women in the military service – whether in active-duty or serving in the Guard or Reserve – get deployed.
We stand with the families of our deployed troops, hoping for their safe return.