Vermont National Guard will train in Louisiana

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COLCHESTER (AP) - Almost all the members of the Vermont Army National Guard are headed to Louisiana for specialized training at Fort Polk.

The Vermont-based unit known formally as the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) is going to spend most of June at the Joint Readiness Training Center at the giant Louisiana base where the soldiers will train to fight against a mock opposing force.

Vermont Guard spokesman Major Chris Gookin says it will be the first time since the brigade was sent to Afghanistan in 2010 that the entire unit will train together.

But Gookin says there are no overseas combat deployments in store for the unit.

Gookin says the 86th Brigade is the only National Guard brigade in the country that will be training at Fort Polk this year.


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