New Mission Ahead for Hattiesburg-based Guard Unit

It's the end of one era and the beginning of another for a military support group in our area.

That's because on Saturday, members of Hattiesburg's 114th Area Support Group held an inactivation ceremony at the Hattiesburg National Guard Armory.

Officials say because of reorganization within the U.S. Army, the 114th will merge with the 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and will now be known as Detachment One of that unit.

"Primarily, the 114th will not change in their initial operation but will have a broader scope and be part of the NorthCom operation of Homeland Defense and also, the missions there to support logistically all the NorthCom missions," said Colonel David Langley, the unit's Commanding Officer.

The 114th started with missions to Germany in 1977 and have been involved in military exercises from Europe to Asia.

It's most recent mobilization came during Hurricane Katrina.