NC National Guard unit returning from Afghanistan

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Six members of a North Carolina National Guard unit are getting to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

The guard’s Morrisville-based Operational Support Airlift Command Detachment 17 is coming home Wednesday. The unit is to arrive at the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1, which is adjacent to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The unit deployed eight months ago and provided air transport for high-priority passengers and cargo in direct support of combat and contingency operations.

The detachment received its federal recognition in January 1996, and is part of a fleet of aircraft controlled by the Operational Support Airlift Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. The unit flies the C-26 Metroliner, a 19-passenger, fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft.

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