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Western N.C. National Guardsmen To Help Guard Military Detainees

Posted January 17, 2002

— Some National Guard members from western North Carolina may soon have a big role in the war on terrorism.

More than 100 members of the 211th Military Police Company are currently training at Fort Bragg. They are expected to deploy overseas by the end of the month.

The soldiers do not know their exact mission yet, but their company specializes in guarding prison facilities for POWs. They likely will be watching over Taliban and Al-Qaida detainees.

Many of the soldiers have experience in dealing with prisoners. More than half of them are or were members of the law enforcement community. They also had a similar role guarding POWs during Desert Storm.

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