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Up to 40 percent of Wisconsin National Guard troops could head overseas

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The head of the Wisconsin National Guard says up to 40 percent of its members could be heading overseas next year.

Adjutant General Don Dunbar says 3,200 combat troops in the 32nd Infantry Brigade will go to Iraq.

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It will be the largest one-day deployment of its kind since World War II.

Dunbar says other deployments could mean that 30 to 40 percent of the 9,900 Guard members are mobilized at one time.

He says the rest would be available for emergencies in Wisconsin. Gov. Jim Doyle says it should be enough but it will still provide challenges for the guard to fulfill its obligations.

Right now, only 300 Wisconsin Guard troops are deployed. That's the lowest in years.

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