HELENA, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the Montana National Guard.

The Montana Army National Guard will recognize 148 Soldiers and their families from the 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion, Taskforce Vigilante, at a Freedom Salute Ceremony, on Sunday April 6, at Carroll College's Commons located at 1601 N. Benton Ave, Helena, MT at 1:00 p.m.

The 1-189th commander, Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkins, and the Soldiers of the unit deployed for a total of 11 months with 9 of those months in Kuwait, supporting Operation Spartan Shield. 1-189th GSAB served first under 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) from Texas and then under 42nd CAB from New York. Task Force Vigilante's mission was to provide Aviation Support to Army Central Command.

The Freedom Salute is designed to publicly acknowledge Montana Army National Guard Soldiers and those who supported them during the President's call to duty for recent military operations.

"The Freedom Salute ceremony provides a way to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice our Soldiers and their families make when they volunteer to deploy for long periods of time." said Major General Matt Quinn, Adjutant General for Montana, Montana National Guard.

The public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend this Freedom Salute ceremony.