Alaska Army National Guardsmen are set to deploy to Kosovo in support of NATO peacekeeping operations.

On Sunday, 223 soldiers of 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment and their families attended a deployment ceremony at JBER. According to the guard, the U.S. presence in Kosovo advances American prosperity, preserves peace through strength, and enhances American influence. The deployment is the first for many soldiers of the 297th, and they are expected to return home next April.

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