The 149th infantry regiment of the KY National Guard is dispatched to Kosovo

The troops form the “Mountain Warriors” task force and will provide security operations throughout the region.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – 200 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 149e KY National Guard infantry bid farewell to friends and family on Thursday as they deployed to Kosovo for a year.

Kosovo is a landlocked country, bordered by Serbia to the north and east, North Macedonia to the south, Albania to the west and Montenegro to the northwest.

It is the smallest country in the Balkans.

The troops form the “Mountain Warriors” task force and will provide security operations throughout the region.

The dispatch to Lex City Church on Thursday was filled with friends and families of those soldiers, and commanders heard of the upcoming trip.

For Lt. Caleb Flege of northern Kentucky, this is his first deployment. It will also be the longest time he has spent away from his family and his twin brother who is also in the military.

“Super excited, I know I’m going with some great people with leadership. I have had the opportunity to meet them all and I know we will be in good hands and it will be a great experience, ”said Lt. Flege.

“I believe they exemplify what America stands for, they are smart, they are morally sound and they take it very seriously and so I am proud to send them to represent our country and the state of Kentucky,” added Andrew Flege.

The Kentucky National Guard also bid farewell to members of the 438e Murray Kentucky Military Police Company which was also deployed to Kosovo. They are deployed to provide support to military police liaison officers for Operation Joint Guardian.

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