Florida National Guard sending 700 soldiers to Africa
April 7, 2016
About 700 Florida National Guard troops are headed to the Horn of Africa again to be part of U.S. military operations against al-Qaida and other violent extremists in East Africa, a wing of the war on terror.
The Guard said in an announcement Thursday that the Miami-based 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the “Hurricanes,” and Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 153rd Cavalry Regiment depart this weekend respectively from airports in Fort Lauderdale and Panama City “for a 12-month mission in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.”
They’ll be at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti for about nine of those months with the rest of the yearlong deployment devoted to preparation, training and demobilization.
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