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Kentucky National Guard aviators deploying to Middle East

Kentucky National Guard aviators deploying to Middle East
Posted at 6:20 PM, Mar 16, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky National Guard has held a farewell ceremony for aviators deploying to the Middle East.

A statement from the guard says Friday's ceremony was held in Frankfort for the seven-soldier, fixed-wing unit, Detachment 4, Company C., 2-245th Aviation.

Lt. Col. Mike Armstrong, 751st Troop Command Battalion commander, says the unit is small but will do a great job representing the Kentucky National Guard.

Officials say the aviators will fly C-12 "Huron" fixed-wing airplanes in support of central command and support coalition forces throughout the region.

It is the fourth time the unit has deployed since 2001.