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Maine National Guard to Deploy on Monday 

About 150 Maine National Guard soldiers are being given a send-off Monday, for a one-year mission in Afghanistan.The deployment ceremony for B Company of the 3rd battalion of the 172nd Mountain Infantry regiment will take place at the University of Maine in Orono.Governor Baldacci and Major General Bill Libby will be on hand for the send off.It starts at 7 pm at the Collins Center for the Arts.The Brewer based B Company, and New Hampshire’s C Company are part of Vermont’s 86th brigade combat team.The soldiers are expected to serve in eastern Afghanistan where they will work with afghan national security forces.By early next year, the Maine Guard will have deployed nearly half its strength to Afghanistan and Iraq.