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More troops heading to Afghanistan

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Hattiesburg, MS(WDAM)-The 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command is gearing up for another deployment overseas. Deputy Commander Col. Mark Prine says nearly 300 servicemen and women will head to Afghanistan this summer.

"80 percent of this unit has deployed previously, some of them one trip, some of them two," he says.

The unit will run the major logistics headquarters for the Afghan theater of operations by providing anything soldiers, sailors, airmen or marines may need.

"We will have 20,000 soldiers within our down trace that will actually be doing the sustainment mission, all total in theater with the NATO allies well over 100,000," he says.

In August, the unit, which is based out of Laurel and Hattiesburg, will head to Fort Hood, Texas for further training before heading to Afghanistan..

"We have about 25 percent of the unit which goes back to the first Gulf War in the early 90's, and this will be the first deployment we've made that we are not taking any of our Vietnam vets with us."

 Prine says he hopes to have everyone with the 184th back within a year.

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