Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) -- The commander of the Georgia National Guard is praising his troops for their service and sacrifice during the war in Iraq.
As the U.S. military declared a quiet end to the war Thursday, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth noted that his citizen soldiers in the Georgia Guard were among the first and last troops to serve in Iraq during the nearly nine-year conflict.
National Guard officials say more than 6,200 Georgia guardsmen served in Iraq during more than 40 deployments.
A total of 28 National Guard soldiers from Georgia were killed in the war, which started with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)