Group from Tennessee National Guard deploying

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard's 105th Personnel Company have flown to New Jersey for training in advance of a deployment to Afghanistan.

The eleven soldiers will work out at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst en route to Afghanistan. They left Tennessee on Tuesday.

The soldiers will join six additional members of the 105th who preceded them to the training site. Overall they comprise about twenty percent of their company.

The company's Training Officer, 1st Lt. Justin McQueen says the majority of the group volunteered for the mission.

The deploying team's officer in charge, 1st Lt. Erika Ortega, says her soldiers are ready to take on the challenging and often sensitive causality liaison mission they accepted.

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