LINCOLN, Neb. –
Friends, family and colleagues gathered together April 16, 2023, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a send-off ceremony for 131 Nebraska National Guard Soldiers of Company A, 2-134th Infantry Regiment (Airborne).
Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Nebraska National Guard leaders thanked the Soldiers and their families and remarked on the unique mission they will have during the unit's first deployment.
The company will deploy in support of U.S. Africa Command to the Horn of Africa for nearly a year.
The Citizen-Soldiers are part of Task Force Tomahawk, more than 1,000 Soldiers from multiple units across the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, including two companies from both Nebraska and Indiana.
While overseas, Task Force Tomahawk will provide security support at five installations across multiple East African countries. In addition to conventional security operations, the Task Force will staff the East African Response Force.
This is the third recent deployment to the Horn of Africa for Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers, including the 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade headquarters who deployed there in 2021-2022, and Detachment 1, Company A, 641st Aviation Regiment (a C-12 unit) who deployed there in 2017-2018.