HARRISBURG – About 900 soldiers with the PA National Guard’s 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade were commended for their sacrifices as they prepare to deploy to the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command. The soldiers are based in Lebanon and Cambria Counties. In order to protect the health of the soldiers, PA Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli provided a video message of support for the troops. Carrelli also addressed the families of the soldiers, saying that they also experience incredible sacrifice when their loved ones are deployed, and that PA is here to help families through these challenging times. The group will deploy with 500 soldiers from other states to provide Army air operations, including transport and medivac services. The unit will head to Texas in July before an approximately nine-month tour of duty overseas.

MAJ. GEN. ANTHONY CARRELLI