Kansas Guardsmen Deployed to Afghanistan

TOPEKA, Kan. - Three Kansas National Guardsmen were honored in a departure ceremony on Friday, June 27 as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan. They are Major Damon Frizzell, Sergeant William McGinnis and Sergeant Gilbert Gonzales.

The unit's mission will be to record and document the various missions of the U.S. military serving in Afghanistan.

They will be conducting interviews, collecting documents, taking photos and video, and cataloging artifacts to preserve the history of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"You get to see firsthand what it happening and you're not just doing it from a journalistic perspective, you're doing it for history books," said Sgt. William McGinnis. "It's not just for the weekly periodical, it's for history books. It's what things are written and made of."

"Documenting what our soldiers and airmen are accomplishing during deployment is an invaluable mission that will mean the work of our Guardsmen and other military in Afghanistan will forever be remembered," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the Adjutant General. "We appreciate the skills these soldiers bring to the war and thank them in advance for the sacrifices thtey are making."

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