COLCHESTER, Vt. — A shortage of transport aircraft is delaying the deployment to Afghanistan of thousands of National Guard soldiers from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Vermont Adjutant General Michael Dubie says some of the aircraft that were to be used to ferry members of the 86th Brigade Combat Team from the U.S. to Afghanistan have been diverted to earthquake relief duties in Haiti.

Hundreds of the brigade’s troops have already reached Afghanistan.

Dubie says he expects all the 3,200 members of the brigade to be in Afghanistan within 10 days.

Vermont Guard members make up about 1,500 members of the brigade, with other soldiers coming from Maine, New Hampshire and four other states.

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