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Vt. Guard Helicopter Unit Deploying To U.S.-Mexico Border

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Kim Henry
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U.S. Army
The Vermont Guard is deploying a UH-72 Lakota like the one pictured here, along with its crew, to support border security operations in Arizona.

The Vermont Army National Guard is sending four soldiers and a helicopter to help with border security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The six-month mission will be split up between two units of four soldiers, serving for 90 days each. Each unit will be flying a UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

"The soldiers will be providing aerial support to DHS [Department of Homeland Security] ground units during security operations" near Tucson, Arizona, according to a Vermont Guard press release.

The deployment comes as part of a wider buildup in border security after a sharp increase last year in the number of children trying to illegally cross the border from Central and South American countries.

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