Members of Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Batallion of the Idaho National Guard were scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan this past weekend, beginning a nearly 10-month deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Approximately 60 soldiers, all from the Treasure Valley, spent the past six weeks in Fort Hood, Texas, training for the mobilization, prior to their deployment.
The soldiers will be operating UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. While in Texas, the batallion simulated ground combat techniques and medical emergency treatment. The unit was previously deployed to southwest Asia in 2000 and to Kuwait and Iraq in 2007.