Sendoff ceremony planned for Alabama Guard team

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Another group of Alabama Army National
Guard personnel are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

A send-off ceremony for the 16-member team will be held March 27
at Fort George C. Wallace armory in Montgomery.

Sgt. Katrina Timmons, a Guard spokeswoman, said soldiers will
train the Afghan army.

The team, commanded by Lt. Col. Mike Edwards of Centreville,
will be given pre-deployment training at Fort Riley, Kansas, before
heading overseas.

The Guard said about 1,600 soldiers assigned to other Alabama
units also will deploy to Afghanistan this summer.

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