The 129th South Dakota Army National Guard unit out of Rapid City received its official mobilization order to Afghanistan.
The 129th and its 20 assigned members are scheduled for deployment in February 2013. The unit received a word of a possible deployment in October. The mobilization order confirms the unit will deploy overseas.
The unit is assigned to provide public affairs support to units across the state, as well as to deployed units. The detachment uses print and broadcast journalists to help tell the story of U.S. military forces.
The 129th will report to Fort Dix, N.J., to complete several weeks of theater specific training prior to being deployed.