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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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