National Guard serving in Afghanistan get local support -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

National Guard gets local support

  By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - About 650 soldiers from National Guard armories in our area continue to serve in Afghanistan, and they're about to get a donation to help provide entertainment during their down time.

The 48th Brigade left in April for the 12 month deployment to train Afghan soldiers and security forces. For families left behind it's been tough, but they may soon get to see their soldiers as many are coming up on leave time. Sgt. Haley Hutcherson's husband Christopher says during down time many soldiers spend time calling their families or sharing pictures online.

"They only have what's available to them there what they've either brought or what the military has actually had there for them already so yeah, they have a little bit of trouble but they find things to do," said Sgt. Haley Hutcherson, F Company, 148 FSC 48th Brigade.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee is donating a thousand dollars to purchase items like a video gaming systems to occupy soldiers on their off time. Hutcherson said soldiers appreciate being remembered by their communities back home.

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