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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/12/2011

Md. guardsmen preparing for deployment

By The Associated Press

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is giving a grateful send-off in Aberdeen to 170 Army National Guard members who are preparing to deploy to Iraq.

O'Malley was scheduled to speak at a ceremony Saturday morning for the 1729th Field Support Maintenance Company headquartered in Havre de Grace.

Lt. Col. Charles Kohler says the unit will go to Fort Hood, Texas, for training prior to deploying to Iraq for about a year in support of Operation New Dawn.

Kohler says this is the unit's first deployment but that several members have deployed in the past with other units.

By The Associated Press  | February 12, 2011; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Do the job, take care of each other and come back to us and your families safe and sound.

We greatly appreciate your service and will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by: tslats | February 12, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

it is time for mandatory national service....every resident of this country needs to pull a two year hitch.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | February 12, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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