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February 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Possible overseas stint canceled for 3,000 in N. Guard

Some 3,000 soldiers with the Washington National Guard are no longer on alert for a possible overseas deployment that was expected to take place in 2013.

The leaders of the 81st Brigade Combat team recently learned that the unit’s alert had been canceled, and that troops are not being considered for a deployment, according to Capt. Keith Kosik, a Guard spokesman.

The alert notice was withdrawn at a time when U.S. troops are no longer deployed in Iraq, and the numbers of troops in Afghan are on decline. Currently, fewer than 130 Washington Army and Air Guard personnel are overseas — the lowest number in a decade, according to Kosik.

In 2008, some 3,500 Washington Guard personnel were overseas.

 

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