Alaska Guardsmen Deploy to Guantanamo Bay

About 50 Alaska Army National Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- About 50 Alaska Army National Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


The guardsmen from the 761 Military Police Battalion, 38th Troop Command, will serve about a year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


A deployment ceremony was set for Monday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.


The soldiers will join up with about 30 members of a subordinate unit who deployed in September for training in Texas ahead of the Guantanamo Bay assignment.


The guardsmen will care for detainees and conduct intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination.


Soldiers deploying come from Anchorage, Chugiak, Delta Junction, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, North Pole, Palmer, Valdez, Wasilla and Wrangell