Kentucky Guard Unit to Deploy to Guantanamo Bay

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Soldiers perform pullups at the quarterly Vigilant Warrior challenge, Aug. 25, 2015, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay held by the 525th Military Police Battalion. Soldiers competed in numerous activities at G.J. Denich Gym and Cooper Field. The event started off with a 100-meter run, followed by pullups, dead lift, situps, pushups, 5k run, and a mystery event, which consisted of two Army warrior tasks. (Ryan Twist/U.S. Army)
Soldiers perform pullups at the quarterly Vigilant Warrior challenge, Aug. 25, 2015, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay held by the 525th Military Police Battalion. Soldiers competed in numerous activities at G.J. Denich Gym and Cooper Field. The event started off with a 100-meter run, followed by pullups, dead lift, situps, pushups, 5k run, and a mystery event, which consisted of two Army warrior tasks. (Ryan Twist/U.S. Army)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky National Guard soldiers are deploying to Guantanamo Bay.

A statement from the guard says a departure ceremony is being held Friday for more than 120 soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 223rd Military Police Company. The ceremony is being held at the United Auto Workers Union Hall in Louisville.

The soldiers are deploying in support of U.S. Southern Command.

The Louisville-based unit was last deployed in 2008-2009 to Baghdad, Iraq, in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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