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Easley Oversees Shipment Of Equipment To Troops In Iraq

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Mike Easley, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan Beatty and Maj. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, were at the National Guard Armory on Reedy Creek Road on Wednesday as Guard members prepared communication and safety equipment for shipment overseas.

Earlier this month, Easley announced the state would be sending additional safety equipment to members of the North Carolina National Guard's 30th Heavy Separate Brigade to supplement the equipment they are using on patrols in Iraq.

The 30th HSB will receive handheld radios and laptop computers, which will give more soldiers access to computers to help expedite planning, assignments and execution of their duties.

The state also is sending body armor donated by law-enforcement agencies across the state to be used to make the military vehicles more bullet resistant.

Furthermore, the state is providing battery-operated flashing yellow lights to be used at nighttime checkpoints. The lights will help make the checkpoints more visible, improving safety for the soldiers manning the checkpoints and the Iraqi citizens using the roads.

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