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300 soldiers deploy from Fort Meade to run communication networks in the Middle East

300 soldiers deploy from Fort Meade to run communication networks in the Middle East

A battalion of 300 soldiers deployed from Fort Meade on Saturday with an important mission for the U.S. Army — operating and securing communications networks that will span the Middle East.

As their commanding general, Brig. Gen. Christopher R. Kemp, thanked the soldiers' families for their own sacrifice, he stressed the importance of the battalion's job.

"What they do … may make the difference between whether a service member comes home," Kemp told a gathering of about 600 supporters at a deployment ceremony.

The voice, video and data connections the battalion will manage will help U.S. forces and their allies "get whatever they need to...

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