About 20 Washington Air National Guard airmen were scheduled to leave Saturday evening for Afghanistan, where they’ll work with Special Operations teams and help provide close-air support.
The soldiers belong to the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, 194th Regional Air Support Wing.
“We are extremely proud of the 116th. They are well trained, experienced and ready to accomplish any mission they are given,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the commander of the Washington National Guard.
The National Guard describes the squadron’s mission as the “furthest extension of Air Force influence on the Army’s battlefield.” The airmen advise ground commanders on the use of Air Force assets and help guide weapons to their targets.