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Friday, May 22, 2009

Saying 'See you later' to the 2025th

The 2025th Transportation Company of the Alabama Army National Guard is departing Jacksonville next week, headed to Iraq.

A departure ceremony for the company's 170 soldiers is planned for May 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Pete Matthews Coliseum at 700 Pelham Road North. The coliseum is on the Jacksonville State University campus.

After the ceremony, the 2025th will travel to Camp Atterbury in Indiana for their mobilization training. From there, they deploy to Iraq.

This is the second time the company has been activated. In March 2003, the unit provided transportation support to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York for three months. The unit was then assigned to Fort Benning in Georgia to provide support for Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom before being released from active duty in July 2004.

More than 14,000 Army and Air Guard members have been activated since Sept. 11, 2001.

The public is invited to the ceremony.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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