Troops Deploying

Oklahoma City, OK – 60 Okla. Guard ag soldiers headed to Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 60 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers will be honored as they depart for an agricultural mission in Afghanistan.

The farewell ceremony for the 2-45th Agri-Business Development Team will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang. It will replace another agribusiness unit that already deployed.

The soldiers specialize in fields like soil sampling, veterinary medicine, horticulture and beekeeping, and are charged with teaching agricultural skills to Afghan citizens.

Guard officials say the team will attend training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before deploying to Afghanistan later this year.

Oklahoma's two candidates for governor Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin are scheduled to attend