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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

Army National Guard Capt. Michael Odgers

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/25/12) – The Colorado Army National Guard will host a departure ceremony for Army Space Support Team 25, 117th Space Battalion at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

"As Citizen-Soldiers, we're proud to be called to active duty," said Maj. Michael Lane the team commander. "We provide unique skills and products to help the war fighters do their job as well prepared and as safely as possible." 

ARSST-25 will provide space-based products and support to units serving in the Southwest Asia area of operations. This deployment will be approximately one year.

An ARSST consists of six Soldiers capable of providing spaced-based products used in theater operations. Soldiers support the war fighters by monitoring and providing accurate, timely, and actionable terrestrial and space weather data. They also provide satellite imagery, surveillance, reconnaissance, early warning of missile threats, GPS monitoring and accuracy reporting, monitoring and reporting of counter-improvised explosive device programs – all of which contribute to situational awareness of the battlefield.

"The Soldiers of ARSST 25 have been well trained and well prepared to conduct their mission," said Lt. Col. Martin Bortolutti, commander, 117th Space Battalion. "I have complete confidence they will do well and make a difference."

The unit completed several weeks of theater specific pre-mobilization training in preparation for this deployment.  

The 117th Space Battalion, the only Army National Guard Space Battalion, falls under Army 1st Space Brigade for training, readiness and oversight.  

For Assignment Editors: Media interested in attending this event must RSVP with Army National Guard Capt. Michael Odgers at 719-659-0952 in order to gain access to Joint Force Headquarters.


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