26 Arizona soldiers set for Afghanistan deployment

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Twenty-six soldiers with the Arizona Army National Guard are set to leave Phoenix on Monday for a deployment in Afghanistan.

The 159th Finance Detachment first will head to Fort Dix in New Jersey for about a month of training before they go to Afghanistan.

It's the unit's second deployment overseas in the last six years.

A send-off ceremony will be held Monday afternoon, with friends, family, fellow soldiers and other well-wishers attending.

More than 300 Arizona Army and Air National Guard soldiers are currently serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and within the continental U.S.