Idaho troops will deploy to Afghanistan in 2012

Credit: Idaho National Guard

Photos of the Army National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Services Aviation Battalion are provided by the Idaho National Guard.

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by Kelsey Jacobson

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 12:28 PM

BOISE -- Just as Idaho troops are returning home from Iraq, the Idaho Army National Guard announces they are preparing to send more troops to Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense is sending 60 Idaho soldiers from the Army National Guard Company A 1-168 General Services Aviation Battalion to Afghanistan for a 12 month deployment.

The will leave for Fort Hood, Texas, in April of 2012 for two months of training.  In June, they will make their way to Afghanistan.

“The Idaho Army National Guard’s upcoming deployment of 8 Black Hawk helicopters and 60 of our men and women is another example of our Citizen Soldiers responding when called upon, in the finest tradition of our motto, ‘Always Ready, Always There,’” said Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart, commander, Idaho Army National Guard in a written statement.  “I know our aircrews and maintenance personnel will represent our state and nation well in Afghanistan."

This is the unit's first deployment since Operation Enduring Freedom began.  It did deploy to southwest Asia in 2000-2001.  It was also sent to Kuwait and Iraq in 2007-2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Nearly all of the soldiers that will deploying in April are from the Treasure Valley.

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