On Monday morning, the 63rd Engineer Company of Fort Benning set out on a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The soldiers spent time with family and friends in the company area before boarding the buses to Lawson Army Airfield.
Half of the approximately 150 soldiers in the company deployed Sunday evening. The company's mission is to deconstruct facilities that are no longer functional or required, which will help facilitate the Army's drawdown process in Afghanistan. The last deployment for the 63rd Engineer Company was in 2009.