Reserve unit will go to Afghanistan

POCAHONTAS – An Army Reserve unit based in Pocahontas is being dispatched to Afghanistan for the second time in about four years.

A deployment ceremony for the 415th Military Police Detachment (Law and Order) will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Pocahontas High School, 205 Second Ave. N.W., according to an announcement from the unit.

The unit was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.

Previously known as the 4249th Port Security Company, the unit was activated following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Initially, a handful of the unit’s soldiers were sent to Port Arthur, Texas. Then on Sept. 22, 2001, the enire unit was called to active duty. Some of the troops went to Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in North Carolina while others went to Military Ocean Terminal Concord in California.

In 2005, 18 of the unit’s soldiers went to Iraq. One of them, Sgt. Nathan Field, of Fort Dodge, was killed on Jan. 7, 2006, in a vehicle crash.