Virginia

Belvoir-based infantry division deploying to Middle East

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — More than 450 Army National Guard soldiers from Virginia and Maryland are getting ready to deploy to the Middle East.

The 29th Infantry Division, based at Fort Belvoir, is holding a departure ceremony Sunday morning.

The soldiers have been training at Fort Pickett in Virginia, and will do another 30 to 45 days of training in Texas before departing overseas.

The Army National Guard says this will be the largest number of troops the division has led since World War II.

The division’s formation traces back to World War I; during the second World War, the division was among the first waves to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

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