More than 500 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers deployed to Middle East

The soldiers will serve as part of Operation Spartan Shield with missions throughout southwest Asia.

It’s the second time they’ve answered the call to duty in that area.

“As you can see, the world is a pretty volatile place right now,” Maj. Gen. Mark McCormack said. “But, usually, the presence of American soldiers helps to calm things wherever that volatility happens to be.”

During Sunday’s ceremony, the division’s rally flag was cased and furled, which signals they are ready for their mission.

The colors will be uncased when they arrive in the Middle East.


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