Security Forces Airmen deploy

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Almost 50 Michigan Air Guardsmen from the 127th Wing left earlier this month for a six month deployment to Iraq.

The security forces Airmen will perform air base ground defense duties while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Their duties will include perimeter security, flightline security and quick reactionary force measures.

"Our Airmen are trained and ready for this deployment.  Many of us have deployed together in the past and we're a good team prepared for this mission," said Capt. Christopher Platz, 127th Security Forces commander.

The deployment has been anticipated for months as part of the unit's Air Combat Command Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) cycle in which scheduled units are required to support both forward presence missions and short-notice taskings. Air National Guard units know more than a year in advance when they are committed to an AEF tasking, allowing members and their employers to structure work schedules to enable participation. The unit last deployed a similar-sized group in 2007.