FAIRBANKS- The 1- 52nd Aviation Regiment, at Fort Wainwright, is preparing for a nine month deployment to Afghanistan and today they officially said goodbye during a deployment ceremony. The pentagon may withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, which means this deployment to the region could be one of the last. The Battalion Commander, Thomas Barrett, says with the potential draw down, ground forces will rely heavily on aviation.
The 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, specializes in medevacing soldiers, and moving leaders and supplies around the battlefield. About 400 troops from the regiment will deploy to southern and western Afghanistan.