FORT HOOD — More than 300 soldiers in an attack reconnaissance battalion will deploy to Kuwait this weekend.

The 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, cased its colors Thursday at Cooper Field, symbolizing its departure to the Central Command’s theater of operations.

“We are focused on maintaining good relationships with our partners, maintaining stability in the region and training our partners,” said Lt. Col. Hank Perry, commander of the battalion that uses Apache attack helicopters.

In addition to attack reconnaissance and security missions, Perry said pilots and soldiers in the “Guns Attack” battalion anticipate conducting maritime operations and security while deployed.

To prepare for their mission, soldiers conducted emergency extraction exercises at Belton Lake as well as live-fire and other field exercises.

“Over the past 10 months, (your commanders) successfully developed your battalion into a lethal, agile and adaptive force ready to execute your unique mission in support of the U.S. Army’s Central Command,” said Col. Cory A. Mendenhall, brigade commander. “You will be asked to execute your mission with the upmost precision and professionalism. Your ability to work through adversity as a team will be tested every day and success will be measured in your readiness to deliver lethal fires to destroy the enemy in a moment’s notice.”

The deployment is scheduled to last nine months.

Perry said his battalion is trained and ready for its contingency and training operations.

“We’ll aggressively get after our mission,” Perry said. “I have no question, when given any of our military missions, that we will accomplish it together, as a team.”

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