RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A unit of the South Dakota Army National Guard has been ordered to mobilize for deployment to Romania to support U.S. and international operations in Europe.

The Rapid City-based 216th is a three-member unit that oversees fire protection of aviation assets, facilities and installations. The deployment is scheduled for July 2017.

The military says the unit will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete several weeks of training prior to deployment overseas.

It's the second mobilization for the 216th, which was deployed in Iraq from December 2003 to June 2005.

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