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Last updated 1:50PM ET
July 23, 2018
WOUB Local News
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National Guard sends 1,600 Ohio troops to Kuwait, Iraq
(WOUB) - The U.S. military is giving the Ohio
National Guard its biggest call-up since World War II this week, sending about 1,600 troops to Kuwait, with some of them going on to Iraq.

The 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is spread throughout Ohio and includes another 1,100 soldiers from Michigan.

Members of the unit have been deployed in individual companies or battalions since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, but so many haven't left together as part of the same unit in more than 60 years.

Guard spokeswoman Major Nicole Gabriel says about 300 other Ohio Guard members currently are deployed.

The Ohio Guard, including the Army and Air branches, has a total strength of more than 15,000.

The unit will be headquartered in Kuwait and will have some responsibility for security and convoy escorts in southern Iraq.
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