CAMP MURRAY – The Washington National Guard will bid farewell to the Military Engagement Team (MET) in a ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at 11 a.m. on Camp Murray.
The MET, part of the 96th Troop Command, Washington Army National Guard is set to deploy to Kuwait this summer as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and will work directly with Kuwaiti and Jordanian forces to facilitate relationships between the United States and countries in the Central Command (CENTCOM) region.
“The mission of the 96th Military Engagement Team’s deployment is to engage with countries in the region to build a better relationship with them. We also will conduct joint training with countries that are friendly with the United States, facilitating communication and cohesive action,” said Colonel Robin Blanchard, commander, 96th Troop Command Military Engagement Team.
The MET will be traveling through the Middle Eastern region for the next year building and strengthening relationships with Kuwaiti and Jordanian partners and leaders.
The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Washington National Guard are dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington State, and serving as sentinels for freedom overseas.