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24 Albanians graduate from National Guard school

7-30-14

LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s National Guard has trained 24 soldiers from Albania to become officers.

They graduated from the state’s National Guard Officer Candidate School during a ceremony in Lawrence on Tuesday.

Officials say it’s the first time a state’s National Guard trained foreign military officer candidates under a state partnership program.

The 12-week training took place at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1s24Ueb ) reports Albanian Maj. Ge. Jeronim Bazo told the graduates that it’s now their turn to bring need change to their country’s armed forces.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times