SC Guard unit wrapping up Afghan agriculture help

By SUSANNE M. SCHAFERAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Army National Guard agricultural team in Afghanistan has built teaching centers and reached out to help more than 300 farmers during its yearlong deployment.

Unit commander Col. Glenn Skawski says he is proud of the work as his team wraps up its time there. The unit is making way for the state's third group of soldiers to take over the agriculture development mission.

Skawski says there's plenty left to do, including helping farmers improve their crops and livestock and get their wares to market.

The unit arriving this month in Helmand Province includes Gov. Nikki Haley's husband, Michael, on his first overseas deployment. The group has been training for a month at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.

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