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Send-off for troops heading to Afghanistan

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PLYMOUTH (WKOW) -- Eighty Wisconsin National Guard soldiers are ready to ship out for a nine-month mission in Afghanistan.

The Plymouth community and Governor Scott Walker gave them a send-off ceremony on Saturday at Plymouth High School in Sheboygan County.

For some guard members, it's their first deployment. Others are heading back for another tour.

Sergeant Todd Richter is marking his fourth mission.

"It's never fun to say goodbye, but it feels good to serve my country and do great things overseas and try and make the world a better place," Richter said.

The heroes were recognized by local and state leaders, including Governor Walker.

"Our soldiers are going to do well because they come out of a proud tradition, not just in this country but in this state," Walker said.

The soldiers leave Monday for about six weeks of training at Fort Bliss, Texas before eventually heading to Afghanistan.

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