Members of the New York National Guard arrive at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.


In January 2008, 1,700 members of New York's 27th Brigade Combat Team were mobilized for operations in Afghanistan, the largest single deployment of the New York National Guard in the current conflicts.


Soldiers were drawn from every region in the state. The 27th became the lead unit of Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Phoenix and was deployed to ninety forward operating bases around Afghanistan. Its primary mission was to support the training of the Afghan National Army and Police.

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