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48th Brigade alerted for future Afghanistan deployment

The 48th and 53rd Brigade Combat Teams have been alerted for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the Department of Defense announced today.

The units are scheduled to continue ongoing operations and training of the Afghan National Security Forces.

The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a National Guard unit based in Macon. It will concentrate on training Afghan National Security Forces. The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a National Guard unit from Florida, which will assume battle space in Afghanistan, where it will perform the full spectrum of operations.

About 7,000 service members have been alerted and will deploy in summer 2009. The department has alerted the units of this deployment in order to give soldiers the maximum time possible to conduct training specific to Afghanistan as well as provide predictability for family members and employers.

Many members of the 48th Brigade returned home during the spring and summer of 2006 after some of them were deployed to Iraq for as long as 18 months.

The brigade lost 26 of its members during its tour.

For more on this story, come back to macon.com or read Monday's Telegraph.

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