Sixteen Kansas National Guardsmen were honored Tuesday at the Topeka South Armory at Forbes Field before they head to Afghanistan.
The Guardsmen are from several different units across the state. They are an embedded team called Azadi which means freedom in the dialect used to where they are traveling to in Afghanistan. They will help train the Afghan people in sustaining their own military forces.
Captain Rob Sands says, "we're going to try and stand the afghan army up and really this mission is a continuing process of mentoring, make sure they're ready to take security tasks on their own."
The team will mobilize to Fort Riley to train before deploying for Afghanistan.