California middle school vice principal Stanley Echols missed the birth of his daughter last year when the Pentagon called up his National Guard unit and he spent 10 months protecting a Washington State military base. This year he will miss her first steps because his military-police unit has just been called up again. "I honestly didn't think it would happen this quickly," he said last week from the Sacramento armory where he commands the 270th Military Police Company. After only six months off, Echols' state unit returned to Pentagon command on Saturday. Within a month, a Pentagon official says, the 270th...
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