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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Soldiers, family members get pre-deployment brief

Lt. Col. Michael Tougher, 1-294th Infantry Regiment commander, gives soldiers and their family members an update on the deployment, during family readiness briefings on Tuesday at the Guam National Guard Barrigada Readiness Center. Eighteen soldiers with the battalion are from the CNMI. (Contributed Photo) Several hundred soldiers and family members of the 1-294th Infantry Regiment learned more about preparing for the unit’s upcoming deployment during family readiness briefings conducted on Tuesday at the Guam National Guard Barrigada Readiness Center.

About 600 soldiers are slated to deploy early next year as part of the battalion. Eighteen soldiers from the CNMI are part of the battalion and will be deploying with the unit.

The soldiers and family members were provided information on areas such as finances, mental health, veteran’s benefits, health benefits under Tricare, and other support and services available for deploying servicemembers.

The family readiness briefs are designed to help the soldiers and family members learn how to maximize the benefits and services available to them while the soldier is on deployment.

The battalion’s deployment is considered to be the largest reserve component mobilization in Guam. (PR)

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