BUFFALO, NY - There was a ceremonial salute today for local members of the Army National Guard who served as a medical unit to support our troops in Afghanistan.
About 50 men and women from Company C of the 427Th Brigade Support Battalion where honored at a Freedom Salute event at the Connecticut Street Armory.
Despite the dangerous conditions in Afghanistan, this group was proud to serve and treat wounded and ailing soldiers and civilian contractors. First Sgt. Gary Darnell points out "We actually saw over 5,000 patients when we were in country for those five months. So it gave the soldiers the chance to actually perform their job..what the Army trained them to do."
Specialist Jennifer Myers adds "We all enlist for different reasons. We know what might come of signing the piece of paper. And it's for me personally. It's an honor to be able to go do what I trained to do. And as a medic, I love my job."
The unit was based at the Kandahar Airfield for most of their deployment. But some also provided medical care at Afghanistan's largest prison.