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Deal to speak at Fort Benning for departure ceremony

From the Office of the Georgia Governor

FORT BENNING, GA -  Gov. Nathan Deal will travel to Columbus Sunday, Dec. 11, to give remarks to the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which is being deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan.

This marks the first deployment for the brigade since being activated on Sept. 1, 2009.

Deal will be joined by Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Brig. Gen. Joseph Jarrard, Supply Officer Kevin Dryden and U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop. This is the last deployment for this calendar year.

 The 648th MEB's mission is to provide manned, ready, and fully equipped mission-capable units to combatant and joint task force commanders, with the capabilities of full-spectrum operations and consequence management to support the war-fight and homeland defense, as well as to provide defense support to civilian authorities in times of crisis.

The MEB's command and control capacity exceeds that of any other brigade headquarters. MEBs, in general, are uniquely designed for both the war fighting and operational support roles.

Their capabilities are a sized-down parallel of the National Guard's dual roles to serve in the operational environment and to serve in a local role in support of state missions, mostly in disaster and humanitarian relief operations. There are just 22 MEBs in the nation – three of which are active duty Army, three are Army Reserve and 16 belong to the Army Guard.

 

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