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Guard Infantry Soldiers From Prescott To Go To Afghanistan

(Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)

The Arizona National Guard is scheduled to send hundreds of infantry soldiers to Afghanistan this summer.

The Daily Courier reports 100 soldiers with a Prescott-based company of Arizona's 1st Battalion of the 158th Infantry Regiment on Sunday participated in a pre-deployment parade hosted by Prescott Valley.

The newspaper reported that soldiers from the company will be among 400 soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan for at least a year and serve as a security force.

Capt. Aaron Thacker, an Arizona National Guard spokesman, said "operational security reasons" allowed him to say only that the infantry deployment this summer will involve a "battalion-sized element."

The 1st Battalion previously served in Afghanistan during a 2007-2008 deployment.