FARGO-The 461st Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Fargo, will be heading to Texas sometime this weekend for training before being deployed to Kuwait for Operation Spartan Shield, a military spokesman said Thursday, April 7.

The vertical construction engineer unit will hold a departure ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, at the Reineke Fine Arts Center on the campus of North Dakota State University, said Maj. Oluwole Osibodu, public information officer for the 416th Theater Engineer Command, which is based in Darien, Ill.

Osibodu said he does not know how many soldiers make up the company.

He said the unit will depart for Fort Bliss sometime this weekend to train and prepare for deployment.

Operation Spartan Shield encompasses military operations in southwest Asia.

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The 461st was activated to active duty in February 2003 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. At that time, about 170 soldiers were ordered to report to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo.

The unit was released from active duty a few months later on June 19, 2003, and returned to reserve status.