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IN THE MILITARY

U.S. soldiers head to Egypt for riot control

400 expected to man checkpoints along Sinai Peninsula

(KILLEEN DAILY HERALD) FORT HOOD — Looking through a clear shield, Pfc. Alexander Perez saw angry soldiers dressed in civilian gear, chanting and hurling Molotov cocktails past his face.

With his shoulders pressed against other soldiers in a tight formation, Perez acted instinctively as the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted riot control exercises Wednesday at a Fort Hood training area.

“We’ve rehearsed it quite a few times,” Perez said. “Your adrenaline pumps a little more and your heart starts to race a little bit, but when you do it enough times, it’s really not that different. … You just focus and do what you need to do.”

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