Nine Connecticut Army aviators deployed to Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, the adjutant general and commanding officer of the Connecticut National Guard, announced today that nine members of the Connecticut Army National Guard’s detachment 6 have left for deployment to support troops in Afghanistan.

Detachment 6, called Operation Support Airlift Command, will go to a mobilization station at Fort Bliss, Texas, for further training before heading to overseas.

The unit’s mission will be to provide aerial surveillance and intelligence support for ground mission planning. Five assigned pilots and four aerial surveillance equipment operators will fly a Beechcraft King Air 300 aircraft, a modified version of the C-12 passenger transport aircraft.

"Together these nine Army aviators have already served more than 5,000 days deployed overseas," Martin said.


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