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    Peekskill, N.Y.– 1/30/2012– Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) joined hundreds at the New York National Guard Armory in Peekskill to say goodbye to 130 local members of the New York National Guard before they prepare to leave for service overseas.

    “Very rarely in our nation’s history have so few paid the price of freedom for so many. Most Americans are blessed to live a life disconnected from the reality that freedom is not free for our troops and their families,” Senator Ball said. “I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to thank these soldiers and their families and I want to applaud these fine young men and women for stepping up and serving our nation so heroically.”

    Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment are preparing to leave the area for service in support of security operations in Kuwait and other locations.

    “Your soldiers are in good hands,” Capt. Matt Kilgore told family members on hand. “We have the right people in the right place in the right time to be successful no matter what the world or the Army or the nation asks us to do. We have the right equipment, we’ve been trained on it well and encountered some of the toughest training that the Army has to offer.”

    The soldiers are among 1,800 across the state being deployed to the 27th Brigade Combat Team. The brigade will train for deployment and refine its task organization during post-mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss. and are expected to depart for Kuwait in April.

    For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.