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141st CES Deploys

Airman 1st Class Christopher Munro displays equipment during a pre-deployment briefing at the 141st CES at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. on Jan. 7, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mindy Gagne)

Airman 1st Class Christopher Munro displays equipment during a pre-deployment briefing at the 141st CES at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. on Jan. 7, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mindy Gagne)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron headquartered at Fairchild Air Force Base will soon deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The deploying force consists of approximately 50 citizen-airmen. Their mission will focus on the construction of facilities on Forward Operating Bases throughout Afghanistan.

"The citizen-airmen of the 141st Civil Engineer Squadron are very skilled in their craft, and will provide valuable assistance to the effort in Afghanistan," said Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard.

The 141st Civil Engineer Squadron provides skilled labor to accomplish tasks such as construction, carpentry, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The unit will conduct combat skills training at Fort Bliss, Texas before traveling overseas. This is their first deployment to Afghanistan, and they are expected to return later this summer.

A Camp Murray press release was used in this story.