SC Guard engineers back after year in Afghanistan


WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 130 members of a South Carolina Army National Guard engineering unit have returned home after a year in Afghanistan.

Members of the 1223rd Engineer Company returned to West Columbia on Wednesday and were greeted by friends and family.

The unit had spent about 10 days in Fort Bliss, Texas, for end-of-deployment processing before returning home.

In Afghanistan, the engineers tore down some 15 military outposts that supported U.S. and allied troops prior to their withdrawals from Afghanistan.

Guard commander Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston says the unit performed superbly during its operations, never missing a deadline and often completing its work up to 10 days ahead of schedule.

The two-star general says the engineers were recognized as the top unit in a brigade composed of 18 companies.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

ABC Columbia and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Current: 71°
High: 72°
Low: 71°
Wind: 5 MPH
Pressure: 29.95
Humidity: 71 %

What's on WOLOTV Full Schedule