Florida National Guard hosts deployment ceremony in Orlando

About 36 members of air defense task force honored

Deployment ceremony for members of the Florida National Guard's 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A group of soldiers was seen off Friday morning during a departure ceremony held by the Florida National Guard at the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s headquarters in Orlando.

About 36 members of the ADA brigade will go on to join Task Force Atlas, according to a news release about the ceremony.

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The brigade’s deploying headquarters seeks to provide stateside support to the National Capital Region-Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS) Homeland Defense mission in relation to Operation Noble Eagle, using such tools as RADAR and ground-based air defense systems to do so, the release states.

The deployment ceremony included families, friends, dignitaries and military leaders from the Florida National Guard, according to the release.

The 164th ADA Brigade had a busy yet productive year in 2021, noting back-to-back federal and state operations muddied by the COVID-19 pandemic, as written on a webpage describing the outfit.

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