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Locals react to President Obama's troop withdrawal plan

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President Obama announced his game plan on Tuesday for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.

Right now there are 32,000 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan. Under the plan, the president outlined today, that figure will drop to 9,800 after combat operations end this year.

"American personnel will be in an advisory role. We will no longer patrol Afghan cities or towns, mountains or valleys. That is a task for the Afghan people," said President Obama.

The President's plan is contingent on an agreement with the next Afghan President. "The two final Afghan candidates in runoff for president have each indicated they will sign this agreement promptly after taking office. I am hopeful we can get this done," said President Obama

Spokesman for Fort Indiantown Gap would not speculate on what the President's announcement would mean for the thousands of National Guard Members serving in Afghanistan.

They did say the approximately 450 Army and Air Guard engineers that mobilized between March and April are scheduled to return between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

This summer approximately 700 PA National Guard Members are scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan simultaneously.

Those in the Midstate seemed to agree with the Presidents plan.

"I am glad to hear they are coming home this year. I hope everyone makes it home safe to their families and friends,"said Trish Raudabaugh, Carlisle.

"I believe that they are out there serving for us and protecting us and they are doing a great job. Glad they are coming home," Joe Seiders, Carlisle.

The remaining U.S. Troops will be focused on two missions: training Afghan forces and supporting counter terrorism efforts against Al Qaeda.

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