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Marlins Caravan of Troops Kicks Off Today

Just as they did last year when a group from the team made a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marlins are once again partnering with the Armed Forces Entertainment to visit Troops overseas.

The "Caravan of Troops" heads out today, and this time it's Logan Morrison and John Buck who are packing their bags for a week of entertaining men and women in uniform in Germany and Southwest Asia.

The trip begins on Thursday, as those selected will travel to Washington before heading overseas. They will return on Feb. 11, which will then kick off the organization's annual caravan, which leads into the start of Spring Training, which is Feb. 18 for Florida.

For the second straight year, the Marlins are working with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) to reach out to those serving their country.

The contingent includes outfielder Logan Morrison, catcher John Buck, team president David Samson, special assistant Jeff Conine and Dawson. Also part of the group are Sean Flynn (Marlins senior vice president of marketing), John Sulser (Fox Sports Florida Marlins game producer), Boris Menier (Marlins marketing supervisor) and three members of the Marlins Mermaids dance team.

As part of the 2011 trip, the Marlins will visit wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

We were spoiled last year with John Baker's insightful blogs during his experience with the Caravan of Troops, unfortunately he won't be making the trip this time. But the good news is, with LoMo tweeting every 2.1 seconds, we won't miss a thing.

Two thumbs up to the Marlins for their support of the troops.