National Guard soldiers leave for training in Mississippi

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More Vermont National Guardsmen are headed to Mississippi for training before they head to Iraq. The 35 soldiers scheduled to leave on Saturday will replace soldiers who left earlier this year, but couldn’t continue because of medical, dental or other issues.

About 400 Vermont National Guard members are training in Mississippi to become part of a brigade combat team that will be led by the Pennsylvania National Guard. The soldiers are expected to be sent to Iraq in early summer for one year.

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