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Alabama National Guard deploying Haleyville, Montgomery units

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama National Guard says two groups out of Haleyville and one out of Montgomery have been called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing will deploy on Saturday April 5th at 8 a.m. from the Dannelly Field Air National Guard Base. The wing's F-16C+ Fighting Falcon aircraft, "Red Tails," will provide armed overwatch and close air support for ground units in their area of responsibility.

The 877th Engineer Battalion and the 1305th Survey and Design Team will deploy approximately 180 soldiers to conduct retrograde operations in support of the United States Central Command Material Retrograde Element mission in Afghanistan.

The Forward Support Company of the 877th will have a departure ceremony in Northport at the Northport Church of Christ, 2700 44th Ave., at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 877th and the 1305th Survey and Design Team will have a departure ceremony in Haleyville at the Haleyville Middle School Gymnasium, 2014 20th Ave., at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Both groups will continue to undergo extensive training at a mobilization station before deploying overseas.

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