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Warriors of Hawaii: Battling for Freedom in Africa – The 1-487 FA Prepares for Deployment

In a stirring deployment ceremony held at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 28 dedicated soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment (1-487 FA) Target Acquisition Section, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard, prepared to embark on a mission to the Horn of Africa in unwavering support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This remarkable event showcased the soldiers’ camaraderie, resilience, and steadfast commitment to their mission and fellow service members.

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Mighty Preparations for a Critical Mission

The awe-inspiring deployment ceremony highlighted the preparations of the 1-487 FA Target Acquisition Section as they readied themselves for Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers, known as the “Kings of Battle,” showcased their primary mission capabilities, focusing on tracking surface-to-surface munitions for counterfire operations and identifying land-based hostile indirect fire weapons.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bingham L. Tuisamatatele Jr., the commander of the 1-487 FA Target Acquisition Section, emphasized the critical need for their target acquisition expertise in the Horn of Africa. Their mission is to shield fellow service members from potential threats, underscoring the importance of their role in supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Ray Yamane, a platoon sergeant, conveyed the gravity of their mission to fortify and safeguard bases against various enemy threats. The 1-487 FA Target Acquisition Section, with a rich history in military operations, is poised to contribute to the legacy of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Unwavering Valor and Global Representation

These stalwart soldiers, with a legacy that spans historic military operations, embody the essence of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Their unwavering commitment and valor extend beyond protecting their comrades-in-arms to representing Hawaii and the United States Army on the global stage.

As the soldiers stood resolute in the ceremony, the promise of their safe return echoed through the words of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bingham L. Tuisamatatele Jr., instilling confidence in their ability to fulfill their duties and return home as champions of their cause. The deployment of the “Kings of Battle” marks a significant chapter in the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom, symbolizing Hawaii’s contribution to global security.

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