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Christmas in Iraq, Kosovo

Not all of the 260 S.C. Guard soldiers overseas are in Afghanistan this Christmas:

- More than 130 soldiers, including 70 members of the 751st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based in West Columbia, are in Iraq.

- Another 60 troops, members of the 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, are in Kosovo, participating in the U.N. peacekeeping mission.


Upcoming S.C. Guard deployments to Afghanistan include:

- 1222nd Engineer Company Sapper, based in Fort Mill, will deploy 100 soldiers early 2010.

- 174th Engineer Company Mobility, based in Spartanburg, will deploy 100 soldiers early 2010.

- 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery, based in Georgetown, expects to mobilize with 430 troops in early spring 2010.