As Bedford’s Alpha Company deploys to Africa, a challenge is sent to town residents

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:24 PM EST
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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - About 130 soldiers from Bedford are preparing to head overseas.

Bedford’s Alpha Company will mobilize soon as part of Task Force Red Dragon to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

A ceremony was held at the National Guard armory Friday supporting those troops and their families.

Along with that, a special challenge to Bedford residents was made Friday.

The Bedford Boys Tribute Center wants townspeople to volunteer to “adopt” a soldier. Doing so would mean sending periodic letters and care packages to an assigned soldier.

The tribute center calls it “Operation Bedford Remembers.”

“This operation was organized for one objective only: we want you and your families to know Bedford has your back while you’re gone,” said Ken Parker, Bedford Boys Tribute Center co-curator.

Contact the Bedford Boys Tribute Center if you’re interested in participating.

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