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National Guard Prepares for Mission

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard is preparing for a possible mission to Afghanistan in 2014.

The 41st Infantry Brigade, made up of 1,800 soldiers, includes the 2-162 Battalion. That has soldiers in places like Springfield and Corvallis.

But leaders say this notification is very preliminary — the first of three stages before officially being mobilized.

“It’s just at the WARN-O level, and then further on down the road we’ll get that alert, and if they say you have been selected as a 2-162, then we’ll start training for the exact mission,” said Lt. Gregory Owen of the Oregon National Guard.

It could take six months to a year to get an alert, which is the stage before getting mobilized. A lot could change between now and then.

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  1. Angela Evans says:

    I think is crap so many innocent people die out in Iraq why send more out!! Families are being torn apart cause our government keeps sending people over there and for what??? Does anyone know why? Dont tell me for oil cause thats a load of crap.

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