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PHOENIX -ó The Arizona National Guard is sending some of its soldiers to Afghanistan to help advise and assist police forces.

The Guard says the 37 soldiers going are assigned to three security force assistance teams of the 1st Battalion of the 158th Infantry Regiment.

They will participate in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at a Guard installation in Phoenix to mark their scheduled deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers will first go to Camp Shelby, Miss., for 12 weeks of training.

The Guard says the soldiers being deployed are from a number of communities in Arizona as well as two in California.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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