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Minnesota National Guard
Sadar City from a Minnesota Woman's Helicopter

A Minnesota woman flying an air assault mission in Iraq gave 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a look at what it's really like above the conflict in Iraq and back at base

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was able to take a look at Sadar City-one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Baghdad from the sky

The St Paul based National Guard Unity was flying in less familiar and dangerous territory on Monday

Capt Andrea Ourada flew the helicopter mission over Sadar City Before she took off, she showed 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS some of the things she brings along for comfort

"The mini princess, hot tamales, and water are a must every time," said Ourada

Ourada may have a soft side, but this is a well trained solider Captain Ourada has been breaking barriers in the military She served as mission commander on Christmas, flying an all female mission

During her time in Iraq, she's discovered many things about the country and the people

"I would say the surprising thing is how normal it actually is We fly over farms and kids playing soccer or people doing laundry," Ourada said

There are more than 200 Minnesotans serving with this unit 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will see more of their stories over the next few days as John Sandford and Eric Bowen of MinnPostcom gather stories and share them with us

Article source: http://kstp.com/
Unit: 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion

Video: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/wimpy/In The News/080114-KSTP-SadarCity.flv

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