Troops Activated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nearly 1,000 Mississippi National Guardsmen so far have been activated as U.S. military build-up continues in the Middle East.

On Saturday night, 150 members of the Army National Guard's 113th Military Police Company of Brandon were to be sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for training before going overseas.

Another 650 members of the Guard's 223rd Engineering Battalion out of West Point were activated on Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Powell says the units aren't expected to spend more than one year overseas. But they could be required to spend up to two years on active duty under President Bush's mobilization to support operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

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