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2-211th departs for year-long deployment to Afghanistan

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Saturday morning, a Waterloo-based Iowa Army National Guard unit left for a year-long mission in Afghanistan. Forty-nine members of the Detachment 1, Company C, 2-211 General Support Aviation Battalion are deploying to the Middle East.

Crews with four Black Hawk helicopters left for training, marking the official start of the deployment. The rest of the battalion will leave over the next few days.

Deploying soldier CWO3 William Edwards said the reality of their mission hit him as he was watching the Black Hawks take off.

"You know, there's that part of you that doesn't want to leave. And we've been preparing for quite awhile, and there's that part of you that wants to get everything going and get it over with and get back home to your family," said Edwards.

The soldiers are part of a MEDEVAC unit. They'll provide medical care for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

The men and women will spend about forty days training at Fort Hood before heading overseas. This is the second deployment for the 2-211th in four years.

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