SOUTH PORTLAND — More Maine National Guard airmen are heading overseas.

Gov. Paul LePage and Maj. Gen. John Libby gave a send-off Wednesday at the Air National Guard station in South Portland to a group of six airmen from the 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron who were heading to the Middle East country of Qatar.

Air Guard Col. Eric Lind says seven more airmen depart for Qatar next Tuesday. An additional 28 will leave in early November, bound for Afghanistan where they will work with the U.S. Army.

Lind says squadron members will be installing engineering equipment for communications and computer systems during their six-month deployments.

It was 10 years ago this month when the 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron was first deployed to the Middle East.

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