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Stripes: ‘National Guard is key in Afghanistan’

Post by Scott Fontaine on June 23, 2009 at 10:12 am with No Comments »
June 23, 2009 10:12 am

Attention, National Guardsmen: The military wants you for Afghanistan.

Stars and Stripes has a story today about the importance of the National Guard soldiers — specifically ones with civil affairs-type expertise — in Afghanistan.

From the story:

Gen. David Petraeus, head of Central Command, has already suggested they could use more of the agribusiness development teams — manned by National Guardsmen from rural areas — that train Afghans in modern farming techniques. Thirteen already are in place.

An expansion of the State Partnership Program, which links state National Guard units with overseas militaries (Washington is partnered with Thailand), is also being considered.

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