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  • 2,500 Fla. guardsmen preparing for deployments

    The Associated Press
    Posted : Monday Jan 4, 2010 10:42:11 EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ó Nearly 2,500 soldiers from the Florida National Guard are heading to Texas this week to train for deployments in Kuwait and Iraq.

    It is the largest contingent of Florida National Guard soldiers to be deployed since World War II.

    The soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team are scatted throughout the state. For many, itís their second or third deployment.

    The troops began training at the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center near Jacksonville last year. Training included a model Iraqi village where expatriate Iraqis role-played and spoke Arabic. Guard members will spend a few weeks at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, adjutant general of Florida, says about 8,000 Guard soldiers will remain in the state.

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    Re: 2,500 Fla. guardsmen preparing for deployments

    probably going to Ft Bliss. Camp McGregor and COB Westbrook are the pits let me tell ya

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      Re: 2,500 Fla. guardsmen preparing for deployments

      Hey dont mess with Fort Bliss...

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