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Monday, June 29, 2009

217th MPs leaving, Mayor Byard asks locals to line the route in support

Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. has asked citizens to line the departure route as the 217th Military Police Company leaves for a year in Iraq.

The company is meeting around 5 a.m. Tuesday at the Prattville National Guard Amory on U.S. 82. They'll board buses and depart for the Montgomery airport around 7:15 a.m. From the armory, they'll follow 82, turning right onto U.S. 31 South to the city limits at the Alabama River Bridge.

Byard said in a release that there's no formal plan, but that he thinks it woudl be great for the soldiers to see locals lining the route and showing their support.

For more on the unit and their deployment, click here.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

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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