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181st Infantry Sendoff Ceremony


Story by Lt. Col. James Sahady Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs


AMHERST, Mass. – A mobilization ceremony for the Massachusetts Army National Guard's 1-181st Infantry Regiment, took place Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Curry Hicks Cage, UMass Amherst.


The Soldiers based out of Worcester, Massachusetts, will deploy overseas for approximately 12 months in support of the Multinational Force and Observers Task Force Sinai, "Best in the Desert!", to assist with joint security efforts.


Distinguished guests included Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary Daniel Bennett, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Patrick McMurray, Undersecretary of Homeland Security,, Col. Rick McKeon, Massachusetts State Police and several other local officials and senior military leaders.


Keynote speakers from the Massachusetts National Guard included Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard and Lt. Col. Luis Rodriguez, Battalion Commander, 1-181st Infantry Regiment.


The speakers provided words of encouragement and counsel to the Soldiers and praised the importance of the support family members provide.


This is the sixth deployment for the regiment since 9/11. The regiment previously deployed to Bosnia (2001-2002) in support of Operation Joint Forge, Cuba (2003-2004) in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Kosovo (2006) in support of International Security Force (UN), Iraq (2007-2008) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan (2010-2011) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


The 1-181st Infantry Regiment is one of the oldest and storied units in the U.S. Army and US. Military. The regiment was formed in 1636 as part of the Massachusetts Militia, repulsing Native American raids during King Phillip’s War. In 1775, the regiment's members bravely fought against British forces in the American Revolution.



U.S. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes and Sgt. David Wilkinson, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released.















Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major


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