The Mississippi National Guard reported that it will join the deployment convened by President Donald Trump to strengthen surveillance along the border with Mexico with the sending of a regiment.
“Approximately 25 soldiers will be deployed for three weeks in support of Operation Guardian Support, a joint effort of the task force to carry out security operations along the southwestern border of the United States with Mexico,” said the military corps in a statement.
Members of Company C of the First Battalion, 114th Aviation Regiment, based in Tupelo, will hold a sending-off ceremony this Friday, they said.
Mississippi becomes the sixth state to join the deployment of troops on the border with Mexico, after Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The Mississippi National Guard said its troops “will provide aerial surveillance support to the US Customs and Border Protection Office and the Border Patrol using three Lakota UH-72 helicopters.”
They say that this mission will be the fourth time the unit has carried out security operations on the southwest border.
Unit members supported Operation Jump Start in Texas from 2007 to 2008. They also served during Operation Guardian Eye in Texas in 2012 and in Arizona from 2014 to 2015.