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PORTLAND, Maine

National Guard deployed to Afghanistan

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About 200 Maine National Guard soldiers are deploying to Afghanistan. US Senator Susan Collins, Governor Paul LePage, and other dignitaries joined soldiers and families on Saturday for a send-off ceremony at the Portland Expo. The Guard members are from the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Engineer Detachment. They include a mother and son, Specialist Andrew Parker and Specialist Holly Parker, from Unity.