W. Tenn. Military Police Unit Mobilized For Deployment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee National Guard announced today that a military police unit from West Tennessee is being mobilized for an upcoming deployment.

The mobilization of the 251st Military Police Company, comprised of soldiers from Lexington, Bolivar and Savannah, will be effective December 8th.

The deployment will include 24 soldiers from Lexington, 50 from Bolivar and 50 from Savannah.

The unit will undergo specialized training and preparation for their deployment at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Nate Crawford, a guard spokesman, said the deployment will last about a year, which includes time during mobilization and training.

The company is being deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, although the Guard did not release their exact deployment location.

More than 12,000 Tennessee National Guard soldiers have deployed since September 11th, 2001, many returning for second and third tours.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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