Friday, January 06, 2006

let's light a candle (or two) for this deployment of connecticut national guard troops

Largest troop deployment from Conn. to head out this weekend
(New Haven-AP, Jan. 6, 2006 5:57 AM) _ The largest troop deployment from Connecticut is scheduled for this weekend as 500 Connecticut National Guardsmen head out.
On Saturday, they will be bused to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where they will spend three to five weeks in training.
From there, they will be deployed to help rebuild Afghanistan.
The 500 soldiers and members of their families were given a send-off last night at Yale University's Payne-Whitney Gymnasium.
The Connecticut National Guard says it represents the largest deployment of Connecticut guardsmen since the start of the war on terrorism in 2001.
The 500 troops come from 135 of Connecticut's 169 municipalities.
No Connecticut National Guardsmen are currently in Afghanistan, but 46 are serving in Iraq.

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