Vermont National Guard soldiers assisting in Afghanistan | Vermont News



COLCHESTER, Vermont (AP) – The Vermont National Guard has said some of its troops are helping evacuate people from Afghanistan.

The guard said a small contingent of soldiers from units of the Vermont-based 86th Infantry Fighting Brigade arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month, where they are supporting security operations at the airport. international Hamid Karzai.

Additional soldiers from the brigade help process Afghans who have special immigration visas in other locations in the U.S. Central Command area of ​​operations.

Soldiers from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Colorado, part of Task Force Avalanche, were dispatched in February to locations within the United States Central Command area of ​​operations.

Last month, the 86th Brigade took operational control of Regional Command East, headquartered at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

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“Our Task Force Avalanche soldiers have trained and deployed to support their combat commander in any mission assigned to them,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Adjutant General of Vermont. “While we can’t always predict exactly what this mission may look like, I know our soldiers are ready and will excel in this important humanitarian mission. “

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