Wyo. National Guard prepares for major deployment

Laramie, WY – At this time next year, the Wyoming Army National Guard could deploy about 15-hundred soldiers to active duty overseas.

That's up from just 16 who are deployed now. They're training Afghan military personnel. Colonel Greg Porter says the Wyoming guard is preparing to send a brigade of soldiers overseas in April 2009.

An additional 16 soldiers will begin a 400-day deployment in May. Porter says they will replace the guard members who are bringing the Afghan military to modern standards.