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Utah Guard soldiers begin 12-month Afghanistan duty

Published November 6, 2013 2:22 pm

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About 20 soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard's Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1-171st Aviation, departed Utah Tuesday on the first leg of their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

After a departure ceremony at the Guard's at the Army Aviation Support Facility in West Jordan, the group headed to Fort Hood, Texas, for several weeks of deployment-specific training before leaving for Afghanistan.

While there, the group will provide medical evacuation and airlift capabilities to Coalition forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.