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1,200 Michigan Guard members bound for Afghanistan

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WYOMING, Mich. (AP) -- Hundreds of Michigan National Guard members are leaving home for tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan.

Family and friends said farewell Monday evening to members of units of the 125th Infantry.

The Headquarters Company got a send-off at Grand Blanc High School, and Wyoming-based Company C got a send-off at Grand Valley Armory.

The Michigan National Guard says 1,200 of its soldiers will depart this week for Camp Shelby, Miss., in preparation for duty in Afghanistan's Konduz province.

Among those will also be Saginaw-based Company B. Their departure ceremony was held at the National Guard Armory, located at 1800 S. Outer Drive, in Buena Vista Township.

Bay City-based Company F was given a send-off at Dow Diamond in Midland. TV5 was there for the ceremony.

"We just have to live day by day and we know he'll be coming home to us," said wife Cari Rhead.

Detroit-based Company A will get a send-off at the Detroit Light Guard Armory.

WWMT-TV says members of the Guard's 126th Cavalry had a send-off Saturday in Dowagiac.

The units will serve for 12 months in Afghanistan.

Copyright 2011 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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