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Farewell Ceremony

By: AP
By: AP

Fort Carson holds a farewell ceremony, involving about 18-hundred soldiers with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The unit's 52 hundred troops are expected to begin deploying within two weeks for Iraq.

And they'll be going with hardened equipment, new firepower and revised training to reflect the realities of guerrilla war.

The changes come after 25 lives were lost during the regiment's first deployment two years ago. About 60 percent of the troops are veterans of the first deployment.

Since October, cavalry soldiers have been stalking the streets of a mock village on a Fort Carson training range. They've practiced advancing and capturing buildings under fire, and dealing with resistant "hostile" captives.

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