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National Guard branch training in Fort Hood for mission abroad

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The Virginia branch of the National Guard is training at Fort Hood for a mission abroad. 

The 29th Infantry Division was mobilized about a month ago from Fort Belvoir, VA. The unit has been participating in military readiness training. 

Fort Hood's First Army prepared training exercises for the mobilized unit in just under 90 days. Fort Hood soldiers usually have a year to get ready for incoming units. 

While abroad, the infantry division will manage incoming units and work with allied nations. 

"This is sort of unusual that you'd have a National Guard unit go in and take over a brand new mission. And I think that really expresses the confidence of the Department of the Army and of the active component on their willingness to commit to having a true total force of one Army," 29th Infantry Division Commander Brigadier Gen. Blake Ortner said. 

The unit will be deployed for just under a year and will establish new headquarters to support security efforts among forces. 

"It's not lost on everyone here that helped be a part of it that we get to go back home to our families and the community of Fort Hood. And these soldiers here are going to have to deploy. So we gave it everything we had to give them the best look and prepare them for their mission," Lt. Col. Brian Gerber said. 

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