78th Troop Command
Headquartered in Decatur, the 78th Troop Command is made up of more than 3,000 men and women drilling in more than 25 hometown armories.
In 1999,some 150 members of the Kennesaw-based 277th Maintenance Company conducted a three-week deployment to Germany, augmenting vehicle repair and maintenance operations. The unit was based at the U.S. Army Equipment Maintenance Center at Kaiserslautern. Vehicles from throughout Europe, including the war-torn Balkan region, were cycled through the center for major maintenance, repair and rebuilding. In March, 16 members of the 202nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit conducted a two-week deployment to Panama. The unit cleared small arms and artillery ranges of unexploded ammunition and scrap metal in preparation for the return of the Panama Canal Zone to the Panamanian government. Members of the 178th Military Police Company also deployed to Panama to support the closing of the Panama Canal Zone. The Monroe-based unit was the last U.S. reserve component unit to rotate through the country before the transfer.
Also in 1999, nine members of the Newnan-based Company H, 121st Infantry Long Range Surveillance Company (LRSC) deployed to the Republic of Georgia as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program. The soldiers participated with military forces of the republic in a variety of infantry training operations including search and rescue, escape and evasion, rappelling, and small infantry tactics. This was the third trip for LRSC soldiers to the Republic of Georgia. In November, soldiers of Company H, 121st Infantry (LRSC) deployed to the African nation of Tunisia for a two-weeks. Thirty members of the unit participated in Operation Atlas Drop.
Members of the 122nd Rear Operations Center deployed in April 2001 for a 15-day deployment to Kuwait for annual training. The unit participated in Exercise Lucky Sentinel 2001 held by Central Command to exercise the defense of Kuwait. The unit conducted an operations center in Camp Doha, just east of Kuwait City. The unit was responsible for coordinating rear area force protection.
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