Nevada Guard Unit Taking Off for Afghanistan Tour

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 60 members of a Nevada Army Guard unit
are leaving Reno to prepare for a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The Guard's Bravo Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation
Battalion is set to leave for Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday morning.

The unit will finish pre-deployment training before heading for the Middle East later this spring.

The Nevada Guard unit is the same one that experienced five casualties during a 2005 deployment to Afghanistan. It's the unit's
first return to combat.

Each of the six CH-47 Chinook helicopters taking off Tuesday can accommodate up to 33 troops or 24 stretchers for medical patients.

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