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Sending 1,400 from the New York National Guard to Afghanistan

Posted by libhom Saturday, January 19, 2008

Here's the latest from a military press release.

LATHAM, NY (01/15/2008; 1001)(readMedia)-- More than 1,400 New York Army National Guard soldiers will bid farewell to New York Wednesday as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

The 27th BCT will head to their Mobilization Station which is Fort Bragg, North Carolina prior to deploying for duties in Afghanistan. The Soldiers will be responsible for training the Afghan National Army in conjunction with other members of the coalition of nations fighting the Taliban and assisting the Afghan government.

Nearly 300 Soldiers of the 27th Brigade have already been called to federal active duty in the fall of 2007 for this mission. A total of 1,700 New York National Guard troops are being deployed for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VII in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The total active duty deployment time is expected to be one year for the entire task force and will include about two months of training at bases in the U.S. and 10 months duty in theater.

Regardless of what you think of the war in Afghanistan, there is a serious problem here. National Guard troops are being sent to fight in a foreign war instead of being here at home like they are supposed to be, available to deal with disasters. This is typical of how the Bush regime is misusing the National Guard. Remember how many National Guard troops and a disturbing amount of equipment were unavailable to help out people after Hurricane Katrina?

But, it gets worse. New York is a major terrorist target, and we may need National Guard to help out in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Yet, way too many of these people and equipment are doing the jobs of the Army and Marines abroad.

The Bush regime is obstructing our ability to respond to terrorist attacks in the name of fighting the War on Terror.


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Even with the 27th deployed there is over 5000 Army and Air Guard personnel available to respond to a local disaster. Find another reason to bash Bush but try to make sense doing it. The Guard has always had a dual mission, both Federal and State. Nothing new and both political parties have depolyed them in the past. Let us do our jobs and enjoy your safety and freedoms. It's on us...

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. If so many people are worried about the home front,why is it so hard to get people to join the New York Guard? The New York Guard is the state defense force of New York under title 32 usc sec 109.
    Back in WW1 when a large part of the New York National Guard was sent overseas the state mustered over 12000 new yorkers in the New York Guard to help protect the state. Doing thing like guarding the water systems,power plants,canals,transportation systems etc
    Now,it all about talk but no action! Will you rise up for your state? Will you accept the challenge to help your neighbor,state and nation in the New York Guard?
    This is the true homeland security force......Ready to rise to the challenge.



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