Martin C. Evans

Guard Guys Going Again

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

It’s official.

Individuals from local N.Y. Army National Guard units will be back in Afghanistan in about 10 months, according to Guard headquarters in Albany.

The deployment will include members of two local units: the 69th Infantry Regiment, which has armories in Bay Shore, Freeport and Huntington, and the 258th Field Artillery, which has a headquarters in Jamaica, Queens.

They will be among some 2,200 soldiers who will deploy as part of the NY Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Deploying soldiers will take part in a two-week training session at Ft. Drum this spring, followed by a longer combat training session in California in the fall.

The official mission of the Combat Team is to train and equip Afghani security forces during about 10 months in Afghanistan.

But they likely will see direct combat in a conflict that has been increasingly bloody.

Annual U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan have increased every year since 2006, reaching 499 last year according to icasualties.org, a 57 percent increase over 2009. At least four Long Islanders were killed in 2010.

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