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Kentucky Airmen deploy to Afghanistan

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing deploy from the Kentucky Air Guard flightline for
Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5.

The Airmen will provide airlift services in the Central Command Area of Responsibility
as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

More than 210 Kentucky Air Guardsmen and multiple C-130 aircraft are expected to
deploy in support of the mission through September 10.

(Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing deploy from the Kentucky Air Guard flightline for Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5. The Airmen will provide airlift services in the Central Command Area of Responsibility as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror. More than 210 Kentucky Air Guardsmen and multiple C-130 aircraft are expected to deploy in support of the mission through September 10. (Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing deploy from the Kentucky Air Guard flightline for
Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5.

The Airmen will provide airlift services in the Central Command Area of Responsibility
as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

More than 210 Kentucky Air Guardsmen and multiple C-130 aircraft are expected to
deploy in support of the mission through September 10.

(Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing deploy from the Kentucky Air Guard flightline for Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5. The Airmen will provide airlift services in the Central Command Area of Responsibility as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror. More than 210 Kentucky Air Guardsmen and multiple C-130 aircraft are expected to deploy in support of the mission through September 10. (Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

Coworkers and family members gather at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base July 5 to bid farewell to 34 Airmen who are deploying to Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan.
(Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

Coworkers and family members gather at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base July 5 to bid farewell to 34 Airmen who are deploying to Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan. (Capt. Dale Greer/KyANG)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Louisville, Ky. -- The first 34 of more than 210 Kentucky Air National Guardsmen deployed to Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, on July 5 to provide airlift services in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The Airmen, assigned to the unit's 123rd Airlift Wing, included pilots, navigators, loadmasters, maintenance personnel and various support troops. 

Additional rotations of Kentucky Airmen and C-130 aircraft will deploy through Sept. 10, when the wing is expected to complete its participation in the mission. 

Most of the troops will serve on rotations lasting approximately 30 days before being replaced by further rotations of Kentucky Air Guardsmen, officials said. 

While deployed, the Airmen will fly airlift missions in the Central Command area of responsibility, which includes Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Africa. 

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 8,818 members of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard have deployed worldwide in the Global War on Terror. 

"I'm extremely proud of our troops for answering the call to deploy for this mission," said Col. George Scherzer, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing. 

"Once again, Kentucky's citizen-Airmen have shown their desire to step up to the task and go wherever they're needed, anywhere in the world."