FORT HOOD — About 100 members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division said farewell to family and friends Saturday as they mobilize for a second rotation to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The deployment ceremony was held at Cameron Field.

The mission is the second in back-to-back rotations for the 36th Infantry Division headquarters to provide training, advice and assistance for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and Afghan security institutions in order to promote the long-term success of the Afghan forces and the sovereignty of the Afghan government.

The unit will provide a tactical command headquarters and several train-advise-assist teams at various locations in Afghanistan. The 36th Infantry Division’s forward deploying unit will integrate U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Australian army and Department of the Army civilians within the headquarters command elements.

After receiving some additional training, the unit will head overseas sometime this spring.

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