Africa – Operation Enduring Freedom
The 2d Bn, 130th FA began a deployment to Egypt as part of the Multinational Force & Observers-Sinai (MFO-Sinai) in the fall of 2009. Here their mission was to keep the peace in the Sinai region between the Arabs and Israelis. The unit returned home in July of 2010.
The 2d Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Inf deployed to Djibouti, Africa (the Horn of Africa) in the summer of 2010 as part of the peacekeeping effort in that area. Here the unit provided support staff to the CJTF-HOA Command team, Security Force Protection elements to Camp Lemonnier in the form of a Quick Reaction Force, Flight Line Security, Camp Reinforcement, Port Security, Search and Rescue, and U. S. Embassy Djibouti Reinforcement. The unit returned home in April of 2011.
The 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery deployed to Djibouti, Africa (the Horn of Africa) as a replacement for the 2d Bn, 137th Inf in April of 2011, performing basically the same missions as the 2d Bn, 130th FA had done. These included force protection, mentoring of professional development for several African military forces, and assistance to the JTF-HOA Command team. They will return home in early Spring, 2012. They were assisted by elements of the 35th Military Police Company who deployed with them.