South Dakota Guard Unit Based in Rapid City and Wagner on Alert
The South Dakota Army National Guard's 155th Engineer Company has received an alert order for possible mobilization to Kuwait. If called to duty, they would support Operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Noble Eagle.
The 155th and its 162 assigned members are scheduled for deployment in the August 2015 time frame. The unit's headquarters is located in Rapid City with its Detachment 1 in Wagner.
According to a press release from the SDNG, the 155th is a vertical engineer company capable of providing engineer support in the construction of base camps and internment facilities. They also are tasked with constructing, repairing and maintaining other vertical infrastructures in support of units within a brigade combat team, division or corps.
The 155th has a wide variety of occupational specialties including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry services. The unit will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete several weeks of theater-specific training prior to deployment overseas. This will be the second mobilization for the 155th, which deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Noble Eagle in 2002-2003.