Farewell ceremony for Guard unit set for Saturday

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A farewell ceremony is set for tomorrow for about 800 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who are headed to Iraq for a year.

Soldiers from the 45th Fires Brigade will be honored at the 2 p.m. event at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

The unit is set to leave later this month for Fort Hood, Texas, where they will receive 60 to 90 days of training for a convoy security mission in Iraq.

The group is scheduled to arrive there just as about 2,600 members of the Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade are set to return in October.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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