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Utah guardsmen bid goodbye as they leave for 12-month deployment

Debora Rocha kisses her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Rocha, goodbye during a departure event for the 1st Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment at the Utah Army National Guard armory in West Jordan on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The battalion, which is deploying in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel, has been tasked to provide combat air support to ground forces during a 12-month deployment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Debora Rocha kisses her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Rocha, goodbye during a departure event for the 1st Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment at the Utah Army National Guard armory in West Jordan on Thursday. The battalion, comprised of three companies of AH-64 Apache helicopters, is deploying in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and has been tasked to provide combat air support to ground forces during a 12-month deployment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. “The 1-211th Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion has a history of exceptional performance” said Lt. Col. Jon D. Richardson, the battalion’s commander. “We have deployed to Kuwait, twice to Afghanistan, and many rotations through the Army’s combat training centers at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Irwin, California. Our soldiers are well trained and have been preparing for this deployment to the CENTCOM area of operations for the past two years.”