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National Guard units still preparing for possible deployment

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Local National Guard soldiers and their families were likely glued to the State of the Union Address presented by President Barack Obama last week.

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Among Obama's key points in his speech was a proposed draw down of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in early 2014. His plan is to reduce the fighting force in that war-torn country by half, from 66,000 down to around 32,000.

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