Thursday, February 20, 2003

Fare Thee Well

Amid tears and fears, another National Guard unit ships out.

[photo] Tawnya Vaught of Hartwell gets a kiss from her husband, Jeremy, following the send-off ceremony. Jeremy, also in the Guard, has yet to be deployed.
(Gary Landers photo)
| ZOOM |
About 110 soldiers of the Ohio National Guard's 1193rd Panel Bridge Company on Wednesday became the latest Tristate military unit to ship out for possible overseas deployment. A farewell ceremony for friends and family was held at Xavier University's Cintas Center, not far from the unit's headquarters at the National Guard Armory on Reading Road. in Avondale The 1193rd is an engineering group that is trained to build temporary bridges. for advancing troops.

This week, the Army, Navy and Marine Corps each increased the number of reservists on active duty. The total of Reserve and National Guard members on active duty stands at 151,348. According to the Department of Defense, these numbers change daily.

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