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Kan. Guard unit heading to Afghanistan

Published on -7/13/2012, 7:23 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A detachment from the Kansas National Guard deploys soon for a year in Afghanistan where the soldiers will assist with medical air evacuations.

About 20 soldiers from Detachment 2, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment will be deploying to Afghanistan, working with the Iowa National Guard unit.

A ceremony sending the soldiers off is scheduled for Sunday at the Kansas Regional Training Center in Salina. The soldiers will head to Fort Hood, Texas, to complete their mobilization process.

The Black Hawk helicopter unit will provide medical evacuation support, transporting wounded soldiers from the battlefield to hospitals for treatment. The detachment is commanded by Capt. Ryan Bernard.

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