Nevada Guard Begins Deployment

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STEAD, NV -- Roughly forty members of the Nevada Guard lifted off in helicopters from Stead, beginning their deployment to Afghanistan. The guardmembers will first arrive in Texas for training before going to Afghanistan.

Tearful relatives and friends were on-hand to see the guardmembers off at the Army Aviation Support Facility Tuesday.

"For the most part it's sad, I am very proud, just very proud," Cody Wayrynen said.

Cody Wayrynen wore clothing similar to what he said he expects his father, crew chief Rick Wayrynen, to wear in Afghanistan.

"These guys are fighting for our country and we should be here to honor and support them, it's in my heart.," Judy Robinson, Rick's sister said.

The Nevada Guard unit will be air-lifting the wounded from the battlefield for treatment.

The 1/168th has been among the Nevada National Guard's busiest units, deploying previously to Colorado and Kosovo.

The unit will return to Nevada early next year.

Fifty Nevada guardmembers returned earlier this month.