Local National Guard Units to Deploy Next Month

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two local Army National Guard units are
set to deploy to join Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in February.

After training at Fort Riley, Kansas, 16 guard members from Montgomery's 62nd Troop Command will go to Afghanistan to train Afghani troops for a 12-month deployment.

And after about two months of training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, members of Montgomery's 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment will
deploy to Iraq. The unit has also served in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Horton, a Guard spokesman, said four other guard units have been told they may be headed to Iraq. They are: part of the 1st Battalion of the 131st Armor in Ozark; 1st Battalion of the 167th Infantry Regiment in Talladega; 1146th Personnel Service Battalion in Hope Hull; and the 1103rd Combat Support Battalion in Eufaula.

Roughly 1,100 soldiers from seven Alabama Guard units are currently serving in Iraq, Horton said.

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