Deploying Guard Commander Describes Mission

10/29/09 7:58AM

The man leading Vermont National Guard troops into Afghanistan says they could face hazardous duty in the war-ravaged nation, which is experiencing an uptick in U.S. casualties.

Colonel Will Roy, of Jericho, commander of the 3,000-member 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, says the unit will be training and mentoring Afghan security forces on the yearlong mission.

Roy says his unit - which has about 1,500 Vermont National Guard members - is prepared but acknowledges that the troops could be in harm's way during the deployment.

On Wednesday, Taliban militants stormed a U.S. guest house in Kabul, killing 12 people in the latest attacks ahead of next month's presidential runoff election.

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