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48th mourns loss of comrades

August 1, 2005

Baghdad, Iraq--

The Georgia National Guard 48th Brigade is again mourning the loss of soldiers. 

Four more guardsmen were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq Saturday night. That brings to nine the number of citizen soldiers from Georgia's 48th killed since arriving in Iraq in May.

Major Charles "Buck" Bennett, the 2nd Brigade, 121st Infantry's Executive Officer, says the Georgia troops are upset.  

" We're a family. Guard units have a tendancy to be a lot closer than your active duty units because we grow up in the unit and we stay there. We stay within the brigade and we have much smaller places to go within the state of Georgia. So yes, it's hit us. The soldiers are upset over it. Noticeably. That's to be expected. We're thinking about the families and the loved ones back home who are having to deal with this, too."

But Major Bennett says he's not surprised by the violence.

"I'm in the infantry. And in the Infantry, our business is breaking things and shooting things. That's part of the job. It's just one of the risks you take whether you're a fireman in Atlanta, Georgia or a police officer in Savannah. There are risks that come with the job and this is part of it. It's tragic that we have to deal with it. It's just a part of life."

The four Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee Saturday night.  

On July 24, four other citizen-soldiers from the 48th were also killed
by a roadside bomb in Iraq. 
They were the 4,300-soldier brigade's first combat casualties since World War Two.