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SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq — They stand together in a musty, hardened trailer turned armory. They stand with the smell of weapon cleaner surrounding them, in different uniforms, from different backgrounds, and even speak different languages. The Airmen, Soldiers and Ugandan contractors that make up the 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron wait for guard mount, a briefing that occurs before every shift.
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Lakehurst aviators go to war
It was just after sunrise on Sunday morning as a small group of aviators and family members shielded their eyes from the bright rays to watch a formation of four Blackhawk helicopters pass by the hanger on Lakehurst Naval Engineering Station.

Preparing the Soldier
The 328th Military Police Company, 154th Water Purification Company, 50th Chemical Company, 250th Brigade Support Battalion and the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Soldiers received eye exams, immunizations, blood work and other medical processing during their two days at the JRC and the JT2DC.

Ferrari to command IBCT
On Feb. 23, artilleryman Col. Steven Ferrari formally took command of the Iraq-bound 3,463-strong 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) from Col. Jorge J. Martínez at the National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt.


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Volume 33 Number 6 Staff / Information
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