AZ National Guard unit deploying to Kuwait

Posted at 7:48 AM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 10:48:57-04

An Arizona Army National Guard unit is deploying to Kuwait to support operations against Islamic State fighters.

The nearly 30 soldiers of Company F of the 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment provides tactical air traffic control and ground control approach radar services.

The company's yearlong deployment will be recognized at a send-off ceremony Friday at the Army aviation support facility at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

Gov. Doug Ducey will be the keynote speaker during the event.

The deployment is the unit's fourth in the last 10 years in support of overseas contingency operations.