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Jan 10, 2015 4:56 PM

New Hampshire National Guard soldiers to head to Middle East

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - More than 300 New Hampshire Army National Guard soldiers are heading to the Middle East.

The members of the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Regiment are taking part in a deployment ceremony Sunday at the Southern New Hampshire University Field House in Manchester at 2 p.m.

The soldiers will be part of Operation Spartan Shield, an ongoing U.S. Army training mission. The battalion will conduct artillery-focused training engagements with allied nations.

It's the first time a National Guard field artillery battalion has been activated to support the mission. The battalion will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, in February for training before departing overseas.


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