ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade is preparing for an 18-month deployment to Afghanistan next year.
They're meeting with community leaders across the state now to explain their mission.
Brigade Commander Colonel Lee Durham and several of his officers met with the Albany Military Affairs Committee this morning.
More than 3400 soldiers from across Georgia will deploy to eastern Afghanistan next spring.
They'll train and support the Afghan national army and police.
Colonel Durham said "If we go in and provide the solution, we have not helped them. We have to go in and provide the support so they can be the solution. Then we can get us, the U.S., not the 48th Brigae, out of Afghanistan."
The 48th Brigade will deploy for training from January until March when they're scheduled to go to Afghanistan.
They're supposed to return home by June 2010.
Colonel Durham says about 65-percent of the current members of the 48th Brigade deployed to Iraq three years ago.