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Arizona National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. Two dozen members of the National Guard are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. (Ross D. Franklin/AP, file)

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks to Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. Two dozen members of the National Guard are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. (Ross D. Franklin/AP, file)

PHOENIX — More than two dozen members of the Arizona Army National Guard are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

The Arizona National Guard will hold a send-off ceremony Tuesday morning at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

The soldiers are based in the 856th Military Police Company.

They will head to Afghanistan to serve a nine-month deployment.

Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, the state's adjutant general, will be the keynote speaker at the 7 a.m. ceremony.