National Guardsmen to leave Ariz. for Afghanistan

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seven soldiers from the Arizona Army National Guard are scheduled to leave Tuesday morning for Afghanistan.

The soldiers are part of a Phoenix-based unit that lends operational support for air lift missions.

This will be the unit's third deployment to Afghanistan.

The Arizona Army National Guard says they will head to Fort Benning, Ga., first for additional pre-deployment training.

The soldiers are expected to give assist other military troops in airlift missions.

A departure ceremony with family and friends will be led by Army Col. Jeffrey S. Tipton at 10 a.m. at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.