A total of 100 Washington Army National Guard (ANG) soldiers are preparing to support the Nato enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group in Poland.

The final training for the nine-month deployment to Poland is being conducted at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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146th Field Artillery Regiment 2nd Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Matt Braddock said: “I am so proud of you guys and what you have accomplished to get to this point.

“I know you guys will represent Washington and the United States with respect and honour in Poland.”

Members from the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment and the 898th Brigade Engineer Battalion will replace another Washington ANG unit, the 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, which is currently supporting the Nato mission.

The soldiers will join the 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, from the California National Guard.

According to the US Army, the 3rd Battalion of the 161st Infantry Regiment has conducted multiple warfighter exercises with several nations to build joint interoperability.

161st Infantry 3rd Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Craig Broyles said: “This is going to make us a much better Nato force, but also build the seeds for further training opportunities and experiences.”

Over 1,100 Washington National Guard soldiers are deployed overseas to conduct global operations.

In June last year, transportation specialists from the Washington Army National Guard’s 1041st Transportation Company conducted an annual training exercise in Montana, US.