Send-off ceremony to be held Friday for Guard members assisting Border Patrol

Send-off ceremony to be held Friday for Guard members assisting Border Patrol
Three UH-72 Lakota helicopters will be flown by the Mississippi National Guard in support of the U.S. Border Patrol. Source: Miss. National Guard.

TUPELO, MS (WDAM) - More than two dozen members of the Army National Guard will be leaving Mississippi Friday, on their way to the Southwest to support the U.S. Border Patrol in Operation Guardian Support.

About 30 soldiers with Company C of the First Battalion, 114th Aviation Regiment, will take part in a send-off ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Tupelo.

They will spend three weeks flying aerial support using UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

"We're sending three Lakotas out there, which are our search and rescue type helicopters," said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, Mississippi's adjutant general. "We'll be out there doing patrolling, so we're dealing with aviation assets only."

He added, "They don't need us on the ground, so that's what we're doing right now for them, but they need a lot of aviation assets out there."

This will be the fourth time the unit has participated in Southwest border security operations.