A ceremony is planned in Washington tonight for a group of Iowa National Guard soldiers who’re being deployed to Afghanistan. Some 60 members of the 134th Medical Company will be honored in a sendoff at 5:30 tonight at the Washington Community Center.

The 134th will join other units in support of the Second Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division that is deploying to Afghanistan in the fall. The unit provides medical and ambulance services to soldiers.

The 134th was previously deployed for Operation Desert Shield in 1990-91 and again in 2005 and 2006 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will be a part of a group of around 28-hundred Iowa Guard soldiers who’re deploying to Afghanistan in the largest call up of Iowa Guard soldiers since World War Two.