Raleigh – Aviators, Maintainers, and Soldiers with North Carolina Army National Guard’s 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and Detachment Bravo, 638th Aviation Support Battalion have left their mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas earlier this week for a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
The unit’s almost 280 soldiers will serve as an aviation task force and battalion headquarters in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in support of United States Forces, other allies and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in order to enable conditions that lead to the stability and security of Afghanistan.
The unit conducted a mobilization ceremony in Raleigh on April 17th for family, friends and civic leaders and has been training in Texas for their Afghanistan mission for the past 60 days.
The 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion is one of four Apache helicopter battalions in the Army National Guard.
The North Carolina National Guard has roughly 1,100 Soldiers and Airmen deployed overseas supporting federal missions. NC National Guard photos