More than 200 soldiers of the Guam National Guard began their deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on June 18, after having gone through training in New Mexico and Texas. Many of them will be away from home for a year.

During the training, the Guam battalion “performed phenomenally,” Stallion commander Lt. Col. Reggie Williams said in a statement. “We have never seen a unit come through here and perform like this. They are the most disciplined, and most positive unit we’ve ever had, and we will miss them.”

The CHamoru community of El Paso, Texas, hosted a barbecue for the Guam troops before their departure.

The Guam battalion is part of a multinational force operating in the Sinai Peninsula – a mountainous, thinly populated desert with Israel and the Gaza Strip on its eastern border, the Army has stated.