The unit -- which draws Soldiers from the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau -- is part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and will be conducting route clearance missions.
Soldiers spent 29 days training at Camp Crowder and Camp Clark for pre-mobilization training that allowed them to learn necessary skills for deployment. Training conducted there included weapons qualifications, route clearance operations and tactics, battle drills and warrior tasks.
Currently, Soldiers are finalizing appropriate training for deployment at Fort Bliss, Texas, including squad and platoon battle drills and tasks while being in vehicles and environments similar to that in which they will encounter while deployed. After mobilization training, the Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in mid-August.
Lindsay has been with the Missouri Army National Guard for four years and is a combat engineer.
This is his first deployment and he hopes to gain plenty of experience while overseas, said Lindsay.
"After completing my combat engineer school, I've been looking forward to putting those skills into action," said Lindsay.
While deployed, the company will fall under the command and control of the 120th Engineer Battalion, Oklahoma National Guard. The Soldiers are scheduled to return in the spring of 2013.
Lindsay is a graduate of Central Senior High School and works for K-Lind Tile Inc. He is supported in his military career by his parents Kurt and Diane Lindsay, of Cape Girardeau.
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