Nearly 500 members of the North Carolina National Guard are preparing for a summer deployment to Iraq and have been honored at a farewell ceremony in Raleigh.
The citizen-soldiers honored Sunday are members of 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the 698th Combat Support Detachment,
both of Morrisville. They are leaving this month to train at Fort Hood, Texas.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that the aviation unit uses AH 64D Apache Longbow helicopters. It was the first National Guard Apache unit sent overseas when it deployed in 2003 to Afghanistan. It didn't suffer any casualties.
The latest deployments bring the number of North Carolina Guard members on active duty to about 4,500.