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Riley notes Alabama Guard unit’s sacrifices

CULLMAN (AP) — At a departure ceremony Sunday, Gov. Bob Riley noted the sacrifices being made by an Alabama National Guard unit headed into a year of duty in the Iraq war.

Riley addressed some 200 soldiers serving in Company C of the 167th Infantry Division. The unit, which includes most of Cullman County’s Guard force, has members from all over Alabama and parts of Georgia.

They leave Tuesday from Cullman for 45 days training in Mississippi. From there, they will be sent to Iraq.

“We all know that you will miss ball games, birthdays and barbecues,” Riley said. “But we also know that the reason we live in this country today is because of you.”

Riley pledged to do everything in his power to care for their families. He also said the soldiers would be properly funded and equipped while deployed.

The family of Spc. Nick Lindsey, 21, gave him a sendoff party Saturday. Lindsey leaves behind his wife, Amy, and their 1-year-old son, Hunter.

“I’ll miss my family, but I know they’ll be fine while I’m gone,” Lindsey said. “I didn’t sign up not to go. That’s what I wanted to do.”

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