CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 70 members of the Martinsburg-based 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard have been deployed to Southeast Asia and Africa.

The airmen and the Mission Support Group, which includes such specialties as civil engineering, security forces, communications and logistics, departed in two waves with some leaving in October and the rest in January.

It’s the largest deployment for the 167th Airlift Wing since 2005. More than 400 airmen were deployed back then to Germany and Puerto Rico.

State Adjutant General James Hoyer said in a statement, “The men and women of the West Virginia National Guard are exceptional at what they do, whether at home or serving alongside our total force counterparts in the global war on terrorism. I have no doubt in my mind that these Airmen will serve West Virginia proudly overseas and I look forward to welcoming them back home when they return.”

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