WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) – Members of the Connecticut Army National Guard will be leaving our state to begin an important mission for our nation. Forty members from the CT Army National Guard will be leaving Wednesday. They’ll eventually end up in Afghanistan. This unit that is going is based in Stratford. They’ll serve at a battalion headquarters while overseas. Their main focus will be route clearance in specific areas, assisting other military forces. The group that’s going down is part of the National Guard’s 192nd Engineer Battalion. According to the U.S. State Department, Afghanistan remains an important partner of ours in the fight against terrorism. Work continues to try to eliminate Al-Qaeda and ISIS. According to President Trump, the ultimate goal is for a political process between the Taliban and Afghan government that leads to a peace agreement. Our troops, including those leaving Wednesday, are helping towards that goal.