Utah Guard soldiers begin 12-month Afghanistan duty
Published: November 6, 2013 02:22PM
Updated: November 6, 2013 02:22PM
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Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Fellow soldiers stand for 22 soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard Medevac unit before leaving on a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Guardís Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1-171st Aviation, said goodbye to friends and family in a departure ceremony from the Guard's Army Aviation Support facility in West jordan Tuesday Nov. 5, 2103. They will spend time at Fort Hood, Texas, for several weeks of training for the deployment. Their mission will be to provide medical evacuation and airlifts for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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.