CT National Guard members prepare to deploy to Middle East

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)  –  One hundred members of the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Air Control Squadron are getting ready to head to the Middle East.

This will be the sixth time the unit has deployed since September 11th, 2001.   Once deployed the unit will be responsible for the command, control and air battle management of the coalition airspace in the region.

A send-off ceremony will be held for the squadron on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford.

According to the Connecticut National Guard another 300 airmen will deploy to the Middle East over the next six months and this will be the largest deployment of Connecticut National Guard troops since 2011.

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