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Fort Hood unit to deploy to Egypt this week

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:30 am

More Fort Hood soldiers are heading to Egypt.

Sixty soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command are deploying to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt for nine months to continue Multinational Force and Observer peacekeeping efforts in the region, III Corps announced today.

The task force will replace National Guard units from North Carolina and Puerto Rico, serving as the headquarters company for the U.S. 1st Support Battalion.

The unit is expected to deploy later this week, said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kucera.

The soldiers performed typical deployment training, Kucera said. “They did what they do to gear up to go to the Middle East.”

The company’s role overseas includes aiding the battalion with administration and logistics support and providing services including a chaplain, U.S. military postal services, mortuary affairs services, and ammunition and explosive storage, officials said.

The battalion provides support to 12 nations comprising the contingent: Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of the Fiji Islands, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Uruguay.

As an independent, international organization, the Multinational Force and Observer developed as a result of the signing of the 1979 Camp David Peace Accords.

The force was established in 1981, and U.S. military has aided the mission of maintaining peace along the Israeli-Egyptian border since 1982.

Another Fort Hood unit is currently taking part in the Multinational Force and Observer in Egypt; 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division deployed to the Sinai Peninsula last summer.

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