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NY National Guard Aviators Will Deploy to Afghanistan in 2017

ArmyChopperAircrew members and aviators of the New York Army National Guard based in Rochester participate in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Teams Joint Readiness Training Center exercise as they prepare to deploy in Afghanistan early next year.

The Army said Friday the Army units will undergo combat training in real-world scenarios with opposing force, civilian role-players, action monitoring systems and observer-controllers.

JRTC aviation support units will work to move troops and equipment through the training facility to assist units that take the training and the aviators of Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion and 126th Aviation will prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

“Being here at JRTC gives us a great opportunity to test the skills of our aviators and soldiers and determine their strengths and abilities to handle high pressure positions before our deployment,” said Cpt. Jesse Cody, the Rochester based aviation detachment commander.

The Rochester aviation unit uses Boeing-built CH-47 Chinook helicopters to transport personnel and cargo when they conduct missions.

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