Kentucky National Guard members deploying to eastern Africa


LEXINGTON, KY (AP) – The Kentucky National Guard says about 150 soldiers are deploying to eastern Africa.

A ceremony Saturday at the Lexington airport honored members of the Somerset-based 149th Infantry Regiment as they entered federal active duty.

The National Guard says the unit will deploy under the command of a task force from the Virginia Army National Guard. They will and provide security around the Horn of Africa.

About 200 other Kentucky National Guard members are preparing for a separate mobilization to southeast Europe in early 2022. They will work with the Virginia National Guard in a NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

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