(CBS Connecticut) –– Nine members of the Connecticut Army National Guard’s Detachment 6, Operational Support Airlift Command have left for deployment in Southwest Asia. The detachment, commanded by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cooper Hastings of Vernon, will provide aerial surveillance and intelligence support to U.S. commanders in Afghanistan.
The five pilots and four aerial surveillance equipment operators fly a modified version of the C-12 passenger transport the unit flies in this country.
They report to Fort Bliss, Texas, for further training and validation before heading overseas for a tour of duty expected to last nine to twelve months.
Eight of the nine unit members have previously deployed — four of them two or more times.