Kentucky aviators deploy to Iraq

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Family members crammed into a small room in fold-out chairs for a departure ceremony held in Frankfort honoring the Kentucky National Guard’s 171st Aviation Detachment.

“We’re going to be hauling band-aids, beans, and bullets,” Loadmaster Sgt. Daryl B. Casey said prior to the ceremony.

This combat tour marks the third one for the small 11-man detachment since 2003.

“I was telling my family that all the unknown about being deployed – it’s not there this time,” Casey said. “We’re ready to get over there, do our job, get busy, do what we’re trained to do.”

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