(Harrisburg) — About 900 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are preparing to deploy to the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command.
The soldiers, based in Lebanon and Cambria counties, will join soldiers from other states to provide Army air operations, including transport and medivac services.
In video messages yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf and Major General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, commended the soldiers for their dedication, commitment and service.
The governor’s office says Wolf and Carrelli also addressed the families of the soldiers, thanking them for their sacrifice, and telling them that Pennsylvania is here to help them through these challenging times.
The unit will head to Texas in July before an approximately nine-month tour of duty overseas.