Chafee to attend send-off for local National Guardsmen

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to be on hand for a joint departure ceremony this morning at Quonset Air National Guard Base for two Rhode Island National Guard units being sent to Iraq. It's the second deployment to Iraq for both A Company, 1st Battalion 126th Aviation, which went to Iraq in 2004, and for D Company 126th Aviation which was there in 2005. According to the National Guard, the units will provide aviation support for combat and reconstruction operations already working in the country.

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