GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Thirty soldiers with the West Virginia National Guard have been activated for deployment.

The Guard announced Tuesday the 863rd Military Police Company based in Glen Jean in Fayette County would be leaving for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba this weekend.

A send-off ceremony for the soldiers and their families is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the Fayette County Memorial Building in Fayetteville.

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  • Bartholomule

    The Caribbean is beautiful this time of year. Stay safe young men.

  • TruthTeller

    It use to be that the National Guard would not go into other countries. They were suppose to be the home protection while the armed forces
    went to war. When and why did that change?

    • Hammer

      The change happened in the late 80s-early 90s and was first applied during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 90-91. The cause was the reduction of the size of active forces and the transfer of specialized Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) to reserve and guard units. Some of the specialties include MPs, Psych Warfare, etc. This transfer attempted to retain the majority of combat-related specialties in the active forces. Gone are the days where reserve and guard units met 1 weekend per month and 2-weeks during the summer for training. With current talk of further reducing active military numbers, guard and reserve units will likely spend more time activated.

  • zero tolerance

    Thank you for your endless sacrifices in an effort to preserve freedom from the evils both foreign and domestic.

    Godspeed, travel safe and thanks again!


  • Independent View

    It is rather diffucult to find something that you may not be looking for.

  • Aaron

    Perhaps some of the 532 who can't find work should consider the Guard as an option.