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Missouri National Guardsmen No Longer Escorting Contractors

Gov. Bob Holden. (file)


Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Holden says Missouri National Guard members are no longer being used to escort employees of a private contractor in Iraq.

Holden had complained about the practice in a letter to President Bush last month.

His complaint came after the state's National Guard leader told him families from the 1221st Transportation Company were worried about the troops' safety.

Holden says he was informed by the military yesterday that the soldiers are no longer being used to escort Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton Company.

The governor said today he was told they are not expected to be used that way again.

An Army spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


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