Pascagoula to welcome home Guard unit from deployment

The City of Pascagoula and the Mississippi National Guard will welcome home members of the 859th Engineer Company from their recent nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

Approximately 150 Soldiers will be celebrated with a welcome home parade hosted by the City of Pascagoula today.

The convoy of buses is scheduled to arrive in Pascagoula around 5:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for about 4:30 p.m., but the flight was delayed. The convoy will travel south on Highway 57, east on Highway 90, north on Hospital Road, and end near the Armory in Pascagoula.

MDOT announced an advisory of the closure of eastbound lanes of U.S. 90 bewteen Jerry St. Pe’ Highway and Hospital Road in Jackson County for the parade.

Katarina Luketich, public information officer, requests participants who plan to attend to line the parade route no later than 4:30 p.m. and maintain proper social distancing.

The 859th Engineer Company was deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. The soldiers are professionals in a variety of trades to include carpentry, electrical repair, plumbing and general construction.

Twelve soldiers from this unit earned the Combat Action Badge during this deployment. They completed numerous vertical construction projects in several countries located in the Middle East to increase force protection, improve Soldier living quarters, and upgrade various operational structures. The MSNG is proud of their efforts in support of our nation’s freedom and we are excited to welcome them home.

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