Virginia Guard Members Training Ahead Of Deployment

EMPORIA, Va. (AP) – About 160 members of the Virginia National Guard are conducting final training for a deployment to Afghanistan.

Officials say a departure ceremony was held in Emporia Wednesday for the members of the 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group.

The soldiers entered federal active duty on Monday. They will conduct their final training at Fort Hood in Texas for up to 60 days before heading to Afghanistan.

Once there, they are expected to conduct transportation support operations and convoy security for military and host nation convoys during their year-long deployment.

It is the first Virginia National Guard unit to serve on federal active duty since July. The unit last served federal active duty in Iraq from May 2008 to February 2009.

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