- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City-based National Guard unit has been ordered to deploy to Afghanistan.

The South Dakota National Guard Public Affairs Office announced on Tuesday that the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Detachment 48, Operational Support Airlift Command, received an order to mobilize.

Six members of the unit will head to Afghanistan in May.

The unit will train for a few weeks at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of pilots and operations specialists.

The unit’s main duty will be to perform surveillance from the air to support ground troops.

It’s the third deployment for Detachment 48, which first went to Afghanistan in 2008.

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