National Guard members prepare for deployment

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 150 soldiers with the South Carolina Army National Guard's 123rd Engineer Company participated in a deployment ceremony on Saturday.

The group will leave on Tuesday for Texas, where they'll have pre-deployment preparation before leaving for Afghanistan.{}There, the unit will conduct deconstruction missions throughoutthe country during the drawdown of forces.Since 9/11, the SC National Guard has deployed more than 17,000 soldiers and airmen in support of combat operations.Currently, there are more than 600 guard members deployed from South Carolina.