Comedian Joins Well-Wishers in Sending Off Troops

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Sinbad joined a group of well wishers at a sendoff for nearly 100 Nevada Army Guard members who began their deployment in support of the war against terrorism.

While the soldiers waited to check in their duffel bags Sunday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the comedian spent some time shaking their hands and telling them how much he appreciated their efforts.

"He was telling us to stay safe, take care and good luck," Spec. Timothy Carr of Reno said.

Sinbad was preparing to catch a flight of his own after performing Saturday night at a Lake Tahoe resort.

The nearly 100 members of the guard's 321st Signal Company will be deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia after receiving advanced training at Fort Lewis, Wash.

The company, which installs, operates and maintains digital communication equipment, will remain on active duty for 12 to 18 months.