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Monday, June 8, 2009

Guard medical company deploying to Iraq

Another Alabama Army National Guard unit is headed to Iraq.

The 129th Medical Company, based in Centreville, will go on active duty on June 13.

A departure ceremony for the 80-person unit will be held at Fort I. Judson Sneed Armory, 185 Walnut Street in Centreville on June 14 at 2 p.m.

The next day, the unit heads to Fort Lewis, Washington, for pre-deployment training. In Iraq, the 129th will provide health protection and gound evacuation to coalition forces.

The ceremony is open ot the public.

More than 14,200 Alabama Army and Air Guard members have now been called to active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.


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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, 

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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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