Mississippi's adjutant general said even though our National Guard soldiers and airmen are not being called on as often to serve in Afghanistan, they will continue to maintain their readiness to fight in future conflicts, and he says what will keep them sharp is training with the best equipment available.
Mag. Gen. Augustus Collins said these days, Mississippi probably has the fewest number of National Guard personnel deployed to Afghanistan since that conflict began and he expects that number to decrease further as that war winds down.
But, he said the National Guard won't let up in its training. Instead, it will prepare for when the country needs it again.
"One of the things we have today that we didn't have before is the equipment," said Collins. "We have some of the most modern equipment that we've ever had in the National Guard, so the training we do on weekends and throughout the summer, we're going to be able to maintain our skills on that equipment, to where when the nation calls us again, we'll be able to answer," he said.
Collins said a few Mississippi units are on notice for possible deployment to Afghanistan or Kuwait. And he says in another year or so, some units may be activated for possible deployment to Kosovo.
Collins spoke last Tuesday at a black history program at Jones County Junior College.
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