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Chairman of veterans caucus in Maryland General Assembly to deploy to Afghanistan before session's end

Maryland state Senator Will Smith, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, will deploy to Afghanistan before the end of the General Assembly session.

Smith’s office said Wednesday that the Montgomery County Democrat has received orders from the Pentagon to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support, in which 13,000 troops are providing assistance for Afghan security forces in their conflict with extremist groups.

Smith, who is a lawyer, is an intelligence officer in the Navy. His private practice focuses on national security law and employment discrimination.

Smith is vice chairman of the Senate’s powerful Judicial Proceedings Committee and is the Senate chairman of the legislature’s Maryland Veterans Caucus.

He will report for duty March 29, more than a week before the General Assembly session ends.

Smith said his office will remain open during his deployment and his staff will continue to handle constituent matters.

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