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Army National Guard begins first phase of deployment

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

February 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Nearly 200 soldiers with the Army National Guard based in Albany are headed to training for their deployment to Afghanistan.

One hundred and eighty soldiers with the F company, 148th Forward Support Command left yesterday for a month long training mission that will take them to Ft. Gordon and then on to Ft. Polk, Louisiana.

This begins the 18 month deployment that will send them into Afghanistan sometime in April. A lot of their training will center around the upcoming mission.

"They'll receive classes, then they'll go out and negotiate lanes, react to IED's call in Medivac support everything that deals with the aftermath of if you should encounter an IED," said SFC Don Whitmire, Georgia Army National Guard.

Soldiers will return home in March get a small break and then travel to Ft. Stewart before return to Ft. Polk and eventually Afghanistan. National Guard members say they're grateful to the community and local employers for their support during the deployment.

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