500 Servicemembers Deploy to Afghanistan

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Approximately 500 servicemembers are ready to deploy to Afghanistan for one year on transition teams.

A deployment ceremony Friday at Fort Riley provided Family, friends and leaders a chance to see the servicemembers off.

Numerous leaders assigned to six state National Guards attended the ceremony to bid farewell to their more than 250 National Guard Soldiers.

The National Guard Soldiers are part of Military Transition Team Class 33, which has a total of 500 servicemembers from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterpart.

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