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3-2-06 - Thursday was a big day for local soldiers in Durant as the 1-180th National Guard Unit geared up and prepared to travel to Camp Shelby Mississippi for pre-mobilization training, and then off to Afghanistan.
The troops will be training in Mississippi for a security force mission in Afghanistan. The send-off ceremony was held at the Choctaw Coliseum in Durant at 2:00 p.m. Hundreds of troops from all across Oklahoma will leave Durant for Mississippi in the next few days, before finally shipping out for Afghanistan in May or June for at least a year.
Many soldiers reported for duty Thursday morning, some still not quite ready to let go of their families. First News has followed these soldiers for the past few years, from training in Colorado as they prepared for a year in Egypt.