The West Virginia Air National Guard 130th Airlift Wing is sending 85 troops and several airplanes to Afghanistan.

Other National Guard units in the Mountain State could be called back to Iraq within a few months.

The Charleston units has several C-130 transport planes, those often flown at low altitude in regional counties.

The airmen will begin leaving Friday.

The Guard says the planes will be used to move troops, equipment and supplies. The troops will also evacuate wounded soldiers when needed and provide humanitarian aid.

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