Virginia National Guard heads to Iraq

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Around 400 members of the Virginia National Guard are getting ready for duty in Iraq.

The Sandston-based 2nd battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment will head to Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying to Iraq.

A departure ceremony is set for Friday afternoon in Sandston.

The battalion, also known as "The Punishers," will conduct their normal missions which include troop air assault, movement, and casualty evacuation.

The battalion is made up of soldiers from all over the state, mostly from the Richmond area.

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