LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/AP) — The Kentucky National Guard said about 150 soldiers are deploying to eastern Africa.

A ceremony Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Lexington airport honored members of the Somerset-based 149th Infantry Regiment as they entered federal active duty.

The National Guard said the unit will deploy under the command of a task force from the Virginia Army National Guard.

They will and provide security around the Horn of Africa.

About 200 other Kentucky National Guard members are preparing for a separate mobilization to southeast Europe in early 2022.

They will work with the Virginia National Guard in a NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.