MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- About 3,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops are preparing for several months of training in Florida and Texas, ahead of an Iraq deployment expected to last about 10 months.
It will be the largest deployment of National Guard troops since World War II.
Troops are scheduled to leave for Florida on Jan. 10 for several weeks of training. Then they return to Wisconsin until mid-February, when they'll head out for more training at Fort Bliss in Texas.
After that they'll head to Iraq for a tour of duty that will last about 10 months.
The 32nd Brigade is made up of units in 36 Wisconsin communities.
The U.S. Defense Department says the brigade will have a security force mission.
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