Approximately 55 members of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Kansas Army National Guard, will be honored during a ceremony on Thursday, May 13, as they deploy for a year-long mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit is headquartered in Topeka.
The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Washburn University’s Lee Arena (Petro Building), Topeka, Kan. The public is cordially invited to attend. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson and Brig. Gen. John Davoren, assistant adjutant general-Army, will speak at the ceremony.
"I’m extremely proud of these soldiers for working so hard to get ready for this deployment," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, Kansas adjutant general. "I know they will be very successful in their efforts and make their families and country proud."
"This is truly an outstanding unit, with outstanding soldiers. They have overcome unique challenges not seen by many units and they have completed those challenges with success," said Capt. Kevin Kennedy, commander of the unit. "They are well prepared for the mission at hand and I feel truly privileged to be part of this organization."
The soldiers will deploy to Fort Hood, Texas, for additional mission-specific training and then on to Iraq. Their mission will consist of providing aeromedical evacuation support within the division and corps under the command and control of the General Support Aviation Battalion. They will also be providing rapid evacuation and movement of patients while giving en-route care to higher levels of medical treatment and movement of medical personnel and accompanying medical equipment and supplies consistent with evacuation priorities and operational considerations to and from points as far forward as possible.