More of the state's National Guard troops are in Fort Knox, Kentucky, awaiting their orders in the war on terrorism.

The Second Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group based in Kenova and Preston County boarded two C-130 cargo planes at Tri-State Airport on Monday. Army officials declined to name the number of Guardsmen called up, but earlier reports indicated there were about 300.

Guard members said they hate to be away from their families during the holidays, but many have expressed pride in the fact that they've been asked to help their country in Operation Enduring Freedom.

The troops are the second group of the state's Army National Guard activated for the war effort. More than 120 guardsmen from West Virginia's 157th Military Police units in Moundsville and Martinsburg were sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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