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WATERBURY, CT--15 JUNE 2006 -061506JS04- Tamara Jex, a member of the Connecticut National Gurad Office of Family Programs, hands out American flags prior to the send off ceremony for members of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Thursday at the Waterbury Armory. 70 members of the group will be deployed to Iraq for 18 months following training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. -- Jim Shannon Republican-American