Soldiers head to California for desert training

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2001

KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Sixteen Army National Guard soldiers from the Northwest Arctic are headed to the Mojave Desert in California for three weeks of training.

The soldiers are joining about 120 other soldiers from Bethel, Dillingham, Nulato, Nome and Barrow to learn how to move at a platoon and company level, track down tanks and antipersonnel carriers, and report what they see in desert conditions.

The soldiers were expecting conditions in California to be not all that much different.

''They say there's some snow in the mountains down there -- they must know we're coming,'' said Supply Sgt. Dempsey Woods.

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