The Arizona Army National Guard has over 400 soldiers in Afghanistan. Over 120 more from the 860th Military Police Company will be headed there in the next couple of months.
Friends and family of the guardsmen met at the Valencia Armory for the soldiers' official send-off. The 860th has members from all over the state of Arizona.
Their mission on the deployment is to conduct security-force operations in support of the war on terrorism in Operation Enduring Freedom. The duties include force protection, law enforcement and detainee operations. The deployment is expected to be about a year, but could be longer. The soldiers have been training for the deployment for the past 12 months.
The 30-minute deployment ceremony was an emotional time for family and friends. They knew it would be their last time they would see their loved ones for a while.
The 860th MP's will head to Fort Bliss, TX in the morning for about a month of training before leaving for Afghanistan.
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