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Duty in Afghanistan prevented flyover for Arbutus Fourth of July

Duty in Afghanistan prevented flyover for Arbutus Fourth of July

It came as a shock to many, including Arbutus Fourth of July parade organizer George Kendrick, when at 12:29 p.m. on this year's holiday there was no sound or sight of the four A-10 jets that traditionally streak across the sky to kick off the event. That surprise has faded to understanding as Kendrick learned the Maryland Air National Guard unit couldn't perform its annual flyover because they hadn't returned from a 90-day deployment in Afghanistan. "It's honorable and it's great for us to serve the community, but our real mission is supporting our ongoing operations," said Lt. Col. Charles Kohler of the Maryland Air National Guard on Wednesday. ...

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