Expect to see an increase of military vehicles in Columbia this week, the SC Army National Guard says

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Don't worry, the invasion is not happening.

The South Carolina Army National Guard says expect to see an increase of military vehicles around Columbia this week.

The increased caravans of freedom are a unit from Union preparing for a training exercise in Texas in early August - and the vehicles are being rail-roaded this weekend.

The public can expect to see an increase in military vehicles around Columbia beginning Monday, July 9 for approximately one week, or until all vehicles are loaded on the railcars.

The South Carolina Army National Guard's 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, headquartered in Union, South Carolina, is preparing for movement for a scheduled training exercise called,"Exportable Combat Training" (XCTC) at Fort Bliss, TX.

More than 200 wheeled and tracked vehicles from the 4-118th CAB are being moved and staged for transport via railcars along Garners Ferry Road and Leesburg Road and Shop Road in Columbia.

The 4-118th CAB Soldiers will be joining other National Guard units from North Carolina and West Virginia at Ft. Bliss in early August for approximately one month.  Approximately 500 South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers will be participating in the XCTC, which is a routine training exercise for National Guard units.

The South Carolina National Guard deeply appreciates the support of the public and grateful for the assistance of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety while the vehicles are being moved.

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