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Washington National Guard squadron deploying to Afghanistan for air support mission

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on March 25, 2011 at 11:25 am |
March 25, 2011 11:25 am

About 20 Washington Air National Guard airmen are heading to Afghanistan tomorrow, where they’ll work with Special Operations teams and help provide close-air support.

The soldiers belong to the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, 194th Regional Air Support Wing. Their farewell ceremony for their four-month deployment will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in building No. 92 at Camp Murray.

“We are extremely proud of the 116th.  They are well trained, experienced and ready to accomplish any mission they are given,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the commander of the Washington National Guard.

The National Guard described the squadron’s mission as the “furthest extension of Air Force influence on the Army’s battlefield.” The airmen advise ground commanders on the use of Air Force assets and help guide weapons to their targets.

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