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National Guard Troops Are Being Sent To The Southern Border

What troops can expect before heading to the border

COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) -  The Trump Administration sends hundreds of National Guard Troops to the U.S Mexican border to crack down on newly resurgent border crossings.

What can those troops expect once they get there?

"Deployments can be rough," said Retired Active Duty Officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard, Lt. Colonel Judah Whitney.

Lieutenant Colonel Judah Whitney believes troops deployed to the borders in Texas and Arizona wil have their hands full..Acting as support to regular border patrol and covering many miles of potential trouble spots.

"Coordinate with the Border Patrol and say, hey there's somebody crossing the border over there..they'll use a variety of means to do that," said Lt. Whitney.

Whitney, who had served deployments in both Afghanistan and Bosnia, he says the National Guard will service in reconnaissance role.

"That border is huge and to cover that border, well they're going to have to have excellent communications, they're going to have to do some cross country driving," said Lt. Whitney.

And because soldiers will be placed on active duty..Lt. Whitney says they'll place a priority on safety training..which could pay off for their fellow soldiers, or someone who's attempting to cross the border.

"They're going to have first aid training for themselves but also in case they come across somebody that needs first aid. They're going to have training on vehicles that they'll specifically use for the mission," said Lt. Colonel Whitney.

We asked your opinion on our Eyewitness News Facebook Page, and a majority of viewers say the border deployment is a good idea.

But some like Marie April don't agree...saying, "It's a waste of Money."

And, Eileen Kallai adds, "My opinion: If someone wants into this Country that bad, they will find a way..they can dig under the wall..I think it's a waste of money..."

"It's the right of every sovereign state to secure its borders and I believe it's their obligation," said Lt. Whitney.

Lt. Colonel Whitney says although deployment can be tough, leaving a job and home life behind...

"Not every soldier has access to a phone on a regular basis," said Lt. Whitney.

With the help of loved ones, they'll be able to make the most of their assignment.

"Strong families stay strong or get stronger," said Lt. Whitney.


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