- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe-based New Mexico National Guard unit is preparing to deploy to the Middle East.

C Company of the 171st Aviation Regiment’s 1st Battalion heads first to Fort Hood, Texas, for about a month of additional training before it deploys to Kuwait for a year.

The company flies Blackhawk helicopters to perform medical evacuations.

It last deployed in 2011-2012, completing more than 1,400 missions in Afghanistan.

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