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Army Unit Reactivated

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An army unit inactive since 1968 is brought back to life Saturday.

The 411 Ordnance Battalion consists of ammo handlers. The group will have more than 45 soldiers assigned, including full-time support.

Organizers say the battalion's history dates back to WWII. Military personnel say the group took part in the landings on Normandy during D-Day.

"We've got a strong tradition of having ordnance trained soldiers in this area and it made sense," said Brigadier General Ivan Black about the reactivation.

The reactivation gives soldiers here the local support they need and the opportunity to rise in ranks. Officials say the U.S. Army Reserve provides trained soldiers to respond any calls for defense.