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Governor Sends Letter to President Questioning Use of Troops

May 12, 2004
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's governor has sent the President a letter asking him to investigate complaints that some of the state's National Guard troops are being used as drivers for a Halliburton subsidiary.

Missy Shelton reports.

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Democratic Governor Bob Holden says he became concerned after receiving information from the Head of the Missouri National Guard.

Apparently, relatives of soldiers in the Central Missouri-based 1221st Transportation Company are being used as drivers for Kellogg, Brown and Root, a Halliburton subsidiary.

Holden says these troops are not trained for this kind of work.

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At least one Republican lawmaker defends the governor's letter.

State Senator Jon Dolan is himself a Major in the Missouri National Guard.

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A Whitehouse spokesman confirmed the administration has received the governor's letter but declined to comment, referring questions to Defense Department officials in Baghdad.

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