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Kentucky National Guard Preps For Middle East Deployment

Posted at 9:54 AM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 09:54:06-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Matt Bevin and National Guard leadership were in Frankfort on Saturday morning to see off troops heading to the Middle East.

Nearly 60 members of the Kentucky National Guard were gathered at the Boone Center to be honored as the unit prepares for a yearlong deployment.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the Kentucky National Guard has mobilized more than 18,000 soldiers and airmen to fight the global war on terror.

This latest deployment comes as President Donald Trump is pushing for a substantial reduction of troops. But the geopolitical concerns are not distracting the troops here.

From here, the troops will set off for Fort Hood in Texas, where they’ll continue to prepare for the deployment.