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Pa. Army reserve unit assigned to Guantanamo Bay

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 2, 2015 12:42 PM
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FILE PHOTO: In this photo reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, a prisoner walks through a communal pod inside an area of the Guantanamo Bay detention center known as Camp 6, an area for prisoners who are considered "highly compliant" with the rules, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Fox)

(New Kensington) -- An Army Reserve unit in western Pennsylvania will be trained early next year and assigned to guard prisoners for nine months at Guantanamo Bay. 

About 120 members of the 307th Military Police Company in New Kensington will be trained at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and February before they'll be sent to guard the detention camp. 

Major Levar Armstrong, a spokesman for the command overseeing the reserve unit, says military police units are commonly used to work as guards at Guantanamo Bay.

"It's very typical for reserve MPs to do that mission," he says. "The active duty folks have other missions.''

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