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Photos: Send-off ceremony for Afghanistan-bound unit

  • Members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand at rest next to a Black Hawk helicopter during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand at rest next to a Black Hawk helicopter during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Mark Cooney of North Hampton hugs his nephew, Spc. John Cooney, following a departure ceremony for the 43 members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. Following training at Fort Hood, Texas, the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Mark Cooney of North Hampton hugs his nephew, Spc. John Cooney, following a departure ceremony for the 43 members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. Following training at Fort Hood, Texas, the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Forty-three members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Forty-three members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Jenn Moynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Jenn Moynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Warrant Officer Luke Koladish stands with the other members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Warrant Officer Luke Koladish stands with the other members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Conocrd Veterans of Foreign Wars Senior Vice Cmdr. Zeanas Morrison watches the departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Conocrd Veterans of Foreign Wars Senior Vice Cmdr. Zeanas Morrison watches the departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Drummers Spc. Timothy Bruno (left) and Spc. Ryan Picard play as Sgt. Heather Wells conducts the 39th Army Band in a rendition of "The Guarsdman" at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Drummers Spc. Timothy Bruno (left) and Spc. Ryan Picard play as Sgt. Heather Wells conducts the 39th Army Band in a rendition of "The Guarsdman" at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A soldier runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A soldier runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • 1st Sgt. Brian McKay of Somersworth speaks to the members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment following a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    1st Sgt. Brian McKay of Somersworth speaks to the members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment following a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Fletcher stifles a laugh during a departure ceremony of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Fletcher stifles a laugh during a departure ceremony of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • 43 members of C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment stand at rest during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    43 members of C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment stand at rest during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • JennMoynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    JennMoynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • A solider runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    A solider runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand at rest next to a Black Hawk helicopter during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Mark Cooney of North Hampton hugs his nephew, Spc. John Cooney, following a departure ceremony for the 43 members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. Following training at Fort Hood, Texas, the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Forty-three members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment stand during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Jenn Moynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Warrant Officer Luke Koladish stands with the other members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Conocrd Veterans of Foreign Wars Senior Vice Cmdr. Zeanas Morrison watches the departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Drummers Spc. Timothy Bruno (left) and Spc. Ryan Picard play as Sgt. Heather Wells conducts the 39th Army Band in a rendition of "The Guarsdman" at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A soldier runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • 1st Sgt. Brian McKay of Somersworth speaks to the members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment following a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Fletcher stifles a laugh during a departure ceremony of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • 43 members of C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment stand at rest during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. The medevac unit is heading to Afghanistan for its third deployment in eight years.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • JennMoynihan of USO New England sorts stick-on tattoos during departure at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • A solider runs back to his car before a departure ceremony for C-Company, 3rd battalion, 238th aviation regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord; Monday, April 29, 2013. <br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

Forty-three members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment of the Army National Guard stood as hundreds wished them well during a departure ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord yesterday morning. The medical evacuation unit, which is split between the New Hampshire and Michigan Army National Guard, will head to Fort Hood, Texas, before being deployed to Afghanistan. The entire congressional delegation spoke at the ceremony, and Gov. Maggie Hassan noted that the unit has assisted in more than 500 search-and-rescue operations in New Hampshire during the past decade. This will be the unit’s third deployment in eight years.

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