Forsyth-based 148th Brigade turns over responsibilities in Afghanistan

The 148th Brigade Support Battalion, a Georgia National Guard unit based in Forsyth, turned over its responsibilities Sunday in Afghanistan, according to a news release from the unit.

The 148th had been deployed with the Georgia Guard’s 48th Brigade since last spring. Its forward command headquarters was based at Camp Phoenix, a military compound in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The unit is being replaced by the 186th Brigade Support Battalion of the Vermont National Guard.

The unit’s deployment was slightly shorter than most of the 48th Brigade. The 148th Brigade Support Battalion did not get to Afghanistan until May 2009, two months after the 48th Brigade began to arrive in the area.

The 148th suffered its lone fatality of the deployment June 21, when Sgt. Raymundo Morales, 34, died in a vehicle accident. Morales, from Dalton, was temporarily assigned to the unit at the time of his death.

The end of the nine-month deployment completes the second deployment for the unit in four years. The 148th Brigade Support Battalion was deployed to Iraq for much of 2005.

The remaining units of the 48th Brigade are scheduled to return home by the middle of April.

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