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Nebraska National Guard establishes new infantry unit

Posted at 8:54 AM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 09:54:58-05

YUTAN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Army National Guard has established a new infantry battalion — an outfit that a general says could help recruitment.

The 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment was activated during a ceremony Saturday at the guard’s parachute landing area near Yutan. It was followed by a parachute jump by more than 100 members from a helicopter hovering 1,000 feet in the air.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Army National Guard has been dominated by support units for years. Brig. Gen. Lynn Heng, the Nebraska Army Guard’s land component commander, says adding an infantry battalion should boost state recruiting.

He says the new battalion is “a very attractive unit for these young folks who are looking for adventure, joining the guard.”