Deployment ceremony for Northern Kentucky troops

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - 325 soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard 1204th Aviation Support Battalion based in Independence are headed to Iraq.

A departure ceremony is being held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Bank of Kentucky Center in their honor. The unit will provide logistical, maintenance and signal support for Operation New Dawn.

Since the 9/11 Terror Attacks, nearly 14,000 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 1,450 troops deployed worldwide.

The 1024th is made up of nearly 600 soldiers from Kentucky, Alabama, Florida and Maryland.

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