Upstate Army National Guard unit prepares for deployment

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA/WCBD)- President Donald Trump says the way to win the war in Afghanistan is by sending more troops overseas. We can already see the beginning of this new plan’s impact in the Palmetto State.

The S.C. Army National Guard Aviation unit in Greenville is mobilizing for deployment. About 60 soldiers will leave Thursday for a month of training in Texas. From there, they will be deployed for about a year to Afghanistan to provide support for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

Wednesday afternoon a departure ceremony was held for Det-1, Company B, 2-238th Aviation, General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) at the Donaldson Center. It was open for family and friends.

Senator Tim Scott says President Trump did not set a deadline for the end of the war in Afghanistan, and he thinks that’s wise.

“Our country, I think, is a bit war-weary so we want to make sure we have measurable progress in reasonable time with realistic expectations,” Scott said.

President Trump has not provided specific numbers about how many additional troops will be sent overseas, but says it will be several thousand.

The unit will do a final flyover Greenville to say goodbye Thursday morning around 10 a.m. If people would like to wave to them to wish them luck, they can do so from downtown or the downtown airport.