DUNKIRK, N.Y. (AP) Deployment ceremonies are being held this weekend for more than 300 New York Army National Guard members who are headed to Kuwait.

Two of the ceremonies are being held Saturday morning, one for a unit in western New York and the other for a unit based on Long Island.

Fifty members of Co. A of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion based in Dunkirk will head to Fort Hood in Texas for training before deploying to the Persian Gulf in support of U.S. forces stationed there. They'll be joined by another 175 soldiers from the battalion's companies based at McArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.

Also heading to Kuwait are 100 soldiers assigned to the battalion's headquarters based at Rochester International Airport. Their deployment ceremony is Sunday morning at the airport.