Monday, February 3, 2014

Maine Army National Guard Detachment 14 Returns from Afghanistan Deployment

Detachment 14 of the Maine Army National Guard has just returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The unit, part of Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM) flies fixed-wing aircraft for the Army. While deployed to Afghanistan they were under the command of Task Force Odin - a very secretive intelligence gathering organization. The Maine flying unit provided intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to ISAF.  The intelligence work is instrumental in the conduct of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The U.S. contribution to the Afghan War has moved from combat operations to Security Force Assistance - advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces that now have the lead for security. However, intelligence operations are still key to the advising effort. Read more in "Bangor Guard unit returns from secret Afghanistan intelligence mission", Bangor Daily News, February 3, 2014.

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