Army News Service
July 22, 2010

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Up to 1,200 National Guard troops will deploy to the Southwest border with Mexico Aug. 1, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said in a joint announcement with Obama administration officials at the Pentagon.

“We’re very pleased to be in support of our interagency partners,” said Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley. The 1,200 troops will support Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

“We’ll make sure that all our Soldiers and Airmen are well-qualified, well-integrated and well-briefed on the mission,” McKinley said.

“We are pleased because along the Southwest border we have had an integration effort of counter-narcotics for over two decades, with 300 of our National Guard men and women already working with our interagency partners,” he said, referring to the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program.

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