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Benning troops to go to Afghanistan

FORT BENNING — Fort Benning officials say about 70 soldiers assigned to the 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company are scheduled to depart for Afghanistan on Sunday.

The deployment is expected to last a year. A farewell ceremony will be conducted at 5 p.m. at the post’s Freedom Hall.

The Army says the 789th’s primary mission will be to neutralize improvised explosive devices and to conduct counter-IED missions.

The 789th was named the Army’s top explosive ordnance disposal unit for 2011.

516 civilian jobs to be cut at Robins

WARNER ROBINS — Hundreds of civilian jobs are being eliminated at Robins Air Force base as a result of a military reorganization and other initiatives, authorities confirmed Thursday.

A total of 516 civilian jobs will be eliminated, though some of those positions already are vacant because of a hiring freeze, Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon said.

He said the base hopes to decrease its workforce by 600 over the next fiscal year through incentives such as early retirement.

The reorganization plan is expected to be completed by next Oct. 1, according to a statement from the Air Force Materiel Command.

Principal accused of lying for lunches

ALBANY — An Albany elementary school principal and her husband are charged with falsifying documents to get free school lunches for their daughter.

Gloria and John Baker surrendered to deputies Thursday morning and were freed on $3,000 bond apiece.

Gloria Baker is the principal of Morningside Elementary School. She has been suspended with pay while the Dougherty County school system investigates the allegations.

In other news

POLICE SAY THREE Georgia State University students have been robbed on or near the downtown Atlanta campus since Sunday night.

A FORMER DEKALB County high school bookkeeper who pleaded guilty to taking more than $12,000 will serve six months in jail.

– From wire reports


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