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Medical Detachment at Fort Benning Deploying to Afghanistan

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Soldiers assigned to the 926th Preventive Medicine Detachment, the 14th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Benning, is deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom Sentinel, a public affairs spokesman said Friday.

A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 2 in Derby Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Officials said the length of the deployment has not been determined.

The Preventive Medicine Detachment will provide medical support for Department of Defense, U.S. Military and U.S. contracted personnel in Afghanistan. The detachment will supplement a deploying unit to ensure the highest level of care to those in the region.

To prepare for the deployment, the team has completed a series of pre-deployment training and certification requirements.

Soldiers with the 14th Combat Support Hospital have been on several deployments this year. In May, six soldiers with the 14th Combat Support Hospital were deployed to Afghanistan.

Members of the unit also were deployed in April for four months as part of the Forward Resuscitative Surgical Support Force to provide surgical and medical support for all Department of Defense, U.S. military and U.S. embassy personnel in Liberia.

Since Jan. 1, Operation Freedom Sentinel has provided continued U.S. support, including counterterrorism efforts to prevent the resurgence of al-Qaeda and its remnants. It also is to train, advise and assist programs to improve the capabilities of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces under NATO's Resolute Support mission.

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