The Missouri National Guard’s presence at the state’s eight commercial airports will be boosted by 25 percent, or 46 soldiers, beginning next week and continuing through the holidays. Currently, about 150 National Guard soldiers are assigned to the airport security mission in Missouri. The additional troops will begin training next week and be on duty at state airports before Thanksgiving. Every soldier will receive the proper Federal Aviation Administration training before reporting to duty at airports in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kirksville, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and Fort Leonard Wood.
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