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N.C. National Guardsmen To Get Special Send-Off

Posted February 10, 2004

— North Carolina National Guard members who leave for Iraq this week will get a special send-off.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will join Gov. Mike Easley at a ceremony Thursday. They will say goodbye to 5,000 soldiers and families of the Guard's 30th Heavy Separate Brigade based in Kinston.

WRAL tagged along as they trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana in January.

It is the largest call-up of North Carolina National Guard soldiers since World War II.

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