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NEWS | May 8, 2020

Aviation unit departs for deployment to Afghanistan

By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, Joint Force Headquarters

The Kentucky Army National Guard aviation company held a small departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone National Guard Center. The unit will provide Blackhawk medical evacuation support while in Afghanistan.

Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Rob Larkin addressed the company during the departure ceremony. Larkin lauded the experience of the 238th by recognizing that a majority of the company’s Soldiers had previously deployed.

He acknowledged the importance of the medical evacuation mission in his address to the group.

“You guys will be coming out to save the day for our forces. Do the absolute best job that can be done.”

Lt. Col. Adam Kearney, Battalion Commander of the 751st Troop Command, reminded the group of the seriousness of their mission.
“Eighteen months ago you began preparing. That phase is over but this is just starting. It’s like football. You practice and practice until it’s game time” said Kearney. “It’s game time now. Practice is over. This is real. Trust your training. Trust your leadership.”

Capt. Jonathan Strayer, Charlie Co. commander, said, “I’m confident in our group that is deploying for this mission after successfully completing our training.”

He cited the extended period of time that was dedicated to training as reason for his confidence in his Soldiers.

“We’ve had the same group training together for the last couple of years. We put our heads down and concentrated on completing the training events that we needed to do. As a result, we built a cohesive team.”

When asked about his goal for the upcoming deployment, he replied, “We’re going to support the mission and bring everyone home safely.”

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