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Sioux Falls Guard unit prepares for Afghanistan deployment

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Nearly 170 South Dakota National Guard members are preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

The guard's 1742nd Transportation Company based in Sioux Falls are scheduled to deploy in December 2013 or January 2014.

The unit will provide transportation of both dry and refrigerated containerized cargo, general non-containerized cargo and bulk water and fuel products.

The unit will report to Fort Hood in Texas to complete several weeks training prior to deployment overseas.

This will be the second deployment for the unit. It deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004.