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The Cleveland, Tenn.-based 252nd Military Police Company of the Tennessee National Guard is scheduled to depart on the first leg of an upcoming Iraq deployment on Wednesday, July 29.

On that day, 170 soldiers with the company will travel to Fort Dix, N.J., for a short period of advanced, predeployment training before leaving for Iraq, according to a news release issued this morning by Guard spokesman Nate Crawford.

A send-off is planned for the unit on Tuesday, July 28, at 3 p.m. at Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, according to the release.

The soldiers will leave the Cleveland Armory at 4185 Dalton Pike by bus the following morning at 9 a.m. Friends and family are asked to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for sendoffs.

Upon the 252nd's departure, nearly 14,500 Tennessee National Guard soldiers will have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, the release stated.

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