Deployment ceremony to be held for Illinois Army National Guard soldiers

SPRINGFIELD - Five Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who will travel to Afghanistan as part of an embedded staff team will be honored during a special ceremony on May 15.

Officials say the ceremony will be held at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.  The five members of the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team will first train at Fort Bliss in Texas before deploying to Afghanistan.

The soldiers selected for this mission are from various parts of Illinois, and were chosen based on their training and skills.  The team is expected to return to Illinois in 2016.
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