1,200 Michigan Guard Members Bound For Afghanistan

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) – Hundreds of Michigan National Guard members are leaving home for tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan. Family and friends are saying farewell Monday evening to members of units of the 125th Infantry.

The Headquarters Company gets a send-off at Grand Blanc High School. Wyoming-based Company C gets a send-off at Grand Valley Armory, Bay City-based Company F gets a send-off at Dow Diamond in Midland and Big Rapids-based Company D gets a send-off at the Big Rapids Armory.

Detroit-based Company A gets a send-off at the Detroit Light Guard Armory.

The Michigan National Guard says 1,200 of its soldiers leave this week for Camp Shelby, Miss., in preparation for duty in Afghanistan’s Konduz province.

WWMT-TV says members of the Guard’s 126th Cavalry had a send-off Saturday in Dowagiac.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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