Nevada Army Guard's Detachment 45 Prepares for Deployment

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Updated: 5/14 2:23 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) --Airmen and women from Nevada's Air Guard's 152nd Intelligence Squadron are training men and women in the Nevada Army Guard's Detachment 45 for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

About a dozen Nevada aviation Soldiers will combine with detachments from all across the country to form one company.

Right now, The Nevada Air Guard's 152nd Intelligence Squadron is doing some last minute training to make sure those men and women being deployed are ready.

We spoke with some of the men and women in uniform who will heading to Afghanistan in June. We're told they'll be doing air missions to help troops on the ground.  The deployment could last anywhere from six to nine months.

For some, this is their first deployment, for others, this is their second, fourth even fifth.

"I'm excited,  it's kinda like training for your driver's test and then actually getting to take the test. If you don't deploy or do anything like that, you don't actually get to use what you train for all the time," Sgt. Kenneth Wheeler said. Sgt. Wheeler is a specialist with the Operational Support Airlift. He is from Reno and has a wife and a young daughter.

"Really, the easiest way to get through it, is to find a group of guys that you connect with really well and that's really gotta be your family," Sgt. Craig Kenison said. Sgt. Kenison has been on two deployments. 

The local men and women will leave for Afghanistan in June.  

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