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Del. Guard Soldiers Leave for Afghanistan

126th Aviation Regiment set for air ambulance missions

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    Del. Guard Soldiers Leave for Afghanistan
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    FORT CARSON, CO - JANUARY 04: U.S. Army soldiers stand during a departure ceremony on January 4, 2011 in Fort Carson, Colorado. Eighty members of the 928th Area Medical Support Company prepared to depart for a year-long deployment to Aflghanistan. The doctors, nurses and medics, all from the Colorado National Guard, will treat sick and wounded American soldiers serving in the war zone. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Black Hawk helicopter pilots and crews with the Delaware Army National Guard are headed for Afghanistan.

    Gov. Jack Markell and Jill Biden were among those honoring about 50 soldiers with the Guard's 126th Aviation Regiment at the New Castle County Air Base on Monday before their departure. The soldiers are heading to their mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas and will then travel to Afghanistan.

    The medics, mechanics, flight crew members and pilots mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom will serve about 10 months in Afghanistan providing medical evacuations by Black Hawk helicopter.  

    It's a second deployment f or more than half of those departing.