Camp San Luis Obispo unit deployed

More than 20 California National Guardsmen parted ways with colleagues and families at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport early Thursday morning to travel to Fort Dix, N.J., en route to Afghanistan.

The Camp San Luis Obispo soldiers make up the 217th Financial Management Detachment, which will fall under the 82nd Airborne Sustainment Brigade while deployed.

They will oversee financial matters concerning contractors and military personnel operating throughout eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

— Julia Hickey