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Guardsmen coming back from Arizona

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 26, 2006 at 4:06 pm |
September 26, 2006 4:06 pm

And as Fort Lewis joes come home, so too do the 300 Washington National Guard volunteers who spent the last month down on border duty in Arizona. Task Force Cascade is due home at Camp Murray tomorrow afternoon, the Guard said.

They provided surveillance along the border for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and did logistical support work at Forward Operating Base Cannon near Yuma.

Good thing Gov. Christine Gregoire got down there for a quick visit today or she might’ve missed ‘em.

"You are doing a great job while executing a mission under difficult circumstances," Gregoire told the troops, according to an Associated Press report of the visit. "Thank you for all you do as outstanding citizens of Washington state, for both our state and our nation."

Another group of at least 140 volunteers will head south in mid-October, Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Sweeney of the Washington Guard told the AP.

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