Guam - Guam's 600 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year will begin preparations to come home. According to a media release, Task Force Guam, also known as 1–294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard, is preparing to start its redeployment process from Afghanistan, to their mobilization site at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. According to Maj. Gen. Benny M. Paulino, Guam National Guard Adjutant General, the unit is tentatively expected to start their redeployment process sometime in the middle of next month, and may last through early January. "The island community has provided a tremendous amount of support to our deployed troops and their families. As our battalion begins its journey back home, I am very confident that people of Guam will be prepared and ready to welcome our warriors home with open arms," Maj. Gen. Paulino said.
Since deployment earlier this year, Guam's soldiers were dispersed throughout Afghanistan, covering thousands of square miles, with a mission of providing security forces, guardian angels and personal security detachments. Its overall mission was to support the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan's (NTM–A) effort establishing an Afghan–led security force.
The 1–294th IN RGT is composed of Soldiers from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.