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Arizona National Guard sends truck unit to fire area

An Arizona National Guard cargo truck unit is shifting its summer training site to an armory in eastern Arizona so it can be readily available if needed for missions related with the Wallow fire.

A Guard spokesman says the 1404th Transportation Co. was already on annual summer two-week training at a military reservation near Florence when the Guard decided to shift the unit’s training site to the armory in Show Low.

Capt. Valentine Castillo says the 55 soldiers assigned to the 1404th will continue their training with 20 cargo trucks unless they’re assigned a new mission and put on state active-duty status.

A small detachment of eight National Guard soldiers with three fuel tankers are working in support of firefighting efforts.

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