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National Guardsmen patrol airport, Strip for NYE

Posted at 8:13 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 23:13:50-05
Last minute security preparations are in order after months of work for Thursday's New Year's Eve celebration on the Las Vegas Strip.
More than 100 Nevada National Guard soldiers are officially on the clock now with about 70 of them patrolling on the strip and 30 or so in the airport.
The presence of all the soldiers is supposed to help deter anyone looking to cause trouble.
We spoke with a general who says the morale is very high among the soldiers in preparation for tomorrow night.
"It's no different from fighting a flood or going into Iraq or Afghanistan and serving as a front line soldier. There's no difference. When you're there to do a mission, you embrace that mission and we're excited about doing it," said Brigadier General Zachary Doser.
Airport officials are expecting more than 260,000 people to land here by tomorrow for the New Year's Eve celebration. City officials say more than 300,000 will be partying across town.