Del. Guard Soldiers Leave for Afghanistan

126th Aviation Regiment set for air ambulance missions

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.

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