Connecticut National Guardsmen receive ceremonial sendoff

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Ninety Connecticut soldiers are headed for Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

The National Guardsmen and their families gathered Thursday night in Hartford for a ceremonial sendoff. About 35 members of the 143rd regional support group will head to a military post in Afghanistan. Fifty-five soldiers with the 192nd military police battalion are bound for Cuba. Their family members watched as Governor Malloy thanked them for their service.

“I understand the sacrifices you have made and I certainly understand the sacrifices your families are making as well,” said the Governor.

Both groups will spend nine months to a year overseas.

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