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Calling the 81st Brigade

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm with No Comments »
June 30, 2008 4:00 pm

Moving this previous post back up to the top:

The 10-day stretch between Aug. 8 and 18 promises to be an emotional, hectic and special time for the Iraq-bound troops of the 81st Brigade Combat Team and their families and loved ones.

The Washington National Guard soldiers will be between a month-long trip to the Yakima Training Center and their departure for Fort McCoy, Wis. After some more training there, they’ll depart directly for Iraq.

If you’re an 81st soldier, or close to one, what are your plans for that last bit of free time before the deployment?

A big backyard barbecue with friends and family? A wedding? A trip to Disneyland, or to the beach, with the kids?

To the extent that you’re willing to let us in on your important time together, we’d very much like to share your stories. If you’re willing, drop me a line at

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