As our President spoke tonight of U.S. troops in Afghanistan coming home, Americans need to remember that we are still sending troops into Harm’s Way; troops to relieve the ones who are finishing their deployments.
Today, the citizens of Bloomington, Ill. said goodbye to a very small contingent of National Guard Soldiers who leave tomorrow, Sept. 11, for Afghanistan. Illinois National Guard Command says this is the last planned deployment for their Guard units.
Their teams first deployed shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, at times involving thousands of citizen Soldiers.
This 16-member unit is with the 244th Liaison Team providing transition for redeploying units.
The soldiers will train at Camp Shelby, Miss., before heading to Afghanistan for about nine months.
Previous Illinois National Guard deployed to Afghanistan units have been instrumental in Agri-Business.
The location in Afghanistan for this team was not released.
To date, there have been 2,134 U.S. troop losses in Afghanistan.
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