NH Army Guard units prepare for Afghanistan
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Army Guard's 237th Military Police Company and Detachment 2, Company F, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment will mobilize within the next 10 months in support of combat operations in Afghanistan.
Based in Concord, the aviation detachment, a medical evacuation unit, will report to Fort Hood, Texas, in October. The military police company will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, in February 2013. It is based at armories in Lebanon, Keene and Plymouth.
Both units will receive advance training before traveling overseas.
About 170 soldiers in total — 150 MPs and 20 from the MEDEVAC unit — will deploy for up to a year.
During April drill, the units trained together on medical evacuation procedures at Fort Devens, Mass. A video is posted at the New Hampshire National Guard Facebook page.
“It takes out the aspect of this being a brand new thing and they can just rely on their training and act on their training,” said 2nd Lt.
Jared Talbot of Pembroke, a platoon leader with the 237th, during the weekend exercise.
Added Staff Sgt. Ian Short of Rochester, a flight medic with the 169th, “It's great working with other New Hampshire folks and know that we're both getting a great deal out of this training. They (the MPs) are likely going to be one of the units we cover when we deploy.”
More than 2,500 N.H. National Guard soldiers and airmen have deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001, in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.
“Our citizen-soldiers continue to answer our nation's call,” said Maj. Gen. William Reddel III, the adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard.
“I am deeply grateful for their service and for the support of their families, who continue to carry a much larger share of the obligation at home.”
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