Sen. Blackburn visits Tenn. National Guard in Ukraine and Poland

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(WATE)- U.S. Senator from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn recently returned from a visit with soldiers in the Tennessee Army National Guard serving in Poland and Ukraine.

Those soldiers are currently serving a nine-month deployment overseas. Blackburn said the reason for her visit was to shed light on these non-combat deployments, saying they are often overlooked.

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville is one of just two heavy ACR’s still in existence. 

The motto of the 278th is I volunteer, sir, a spirit Blackburn says she saw embodied in each soldier she met with throughout the weekend.

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