200 Ga. Guard troops to train for Afghan mission

MACON, Ga. (AP) — About
200 citizen-soldiers from the Georgia National Guard are leaving home to
train for a deployment to Afghanistan.

The Telegraph of Macon
reports families of the departing troops from the 48th Infantry Brigade
were to gather Sunday for a send-off ceremony in Macon, where the unit
is headquartered.

The National Guard soldiers are heading to Camp
Shelby, Miss., where they are scheduled to train before deploying to
Afghanistan in January.

Officials say the citizen-soldiers will
leave Macon on buses led by a police escort. Macon residents have been
invited to line the bus route to show support for the Guard troops.

Mayor Robert Reichert and Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, the adjutant
general in charge of the Georgia National Guard, are scheduled to attend
the Sunday ceremony.

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