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