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Wed June 1, 2011

Governor to tell Troops "Farewell"

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin visits Okla troops preparing to deploy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is flying to Camp Shelby, Miss., to visit Oklahoma National Guard troops as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

Fallin planned to fly to Mississippi on Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the adjutant general for Oklahoma's Army and Air National Guard.

More than 3,300 soldiers with Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade are heading to Afghanistan as part of the Oklahoma National Guard's largest deployment since the Korean War. The troops have been training for three months at Camp Shelby and are deploying this month to northeast Afghanistan, where they will conduct a variety of operations in combination with Afghan security forces.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor plans to meet and eat lunch with troops and discuss their mission with military commanders.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.