Cliff Owen, Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 2016 file photo, the American Flag flies outside the Justice Department in Washington.

DENVER — Utah National Guard soldiers will join those from Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota deploying to Fort Meade, Maryland, as part of a cyber protection team supporting U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

The Colorado guard said Thursday Cyber Protection Team 174 will help the Defense Department with network security and cyber defensive operations.

The deployment will last a year.

The team's assignment is to help commanders operate freely in the cyber domain as well as on the ground while denying adversaries that ability.