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40 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy for 2 Weeks to Mexican Border

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2008

~ 40 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy for 2 Weeks to Mexican Border ~

Approximately 40 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will conduct their scheduled Annual Training in support of "Operation Jump Start" This federal initiative utilizes National Guard Soldiers from across the nation to help secure the US-Mexico border against illegal immigration and drug trafficking

The 40 Soldiers from Minnesota Army National Guard will support construction projects near Deming, New Mexico for two weeks Soldiers from three communities will make-up the deploying unit: the Willmar-based Headquarters, 682nd Engineering Battalion; the Litchfield-based 849th Engineer Company; and the Cambridge-based 850th Engineer Company Their mission will include anti-vehicle fence installation and road construction to remote entry points

Members of the media are invited to meet with Soldiers as they complete the final packing and loading of their equipment on a C-130 Hercules cargo airplane at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 19, at the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing Enter at the front gate of the 133rd Airlift Wing on the northwest corner of the Henry Whipple Federal Building parking lot near the Ft Snelling Light Rail station

Due to Air Base security, media must RSVP in order to gain base clearance by 12 pm Friday, April 18 RSVP to 1st Lt John Hobot, 651-271-7239 (cell); 651-268-8855 (office); or johnhobot@usarmymil All media must have a valid photo ID

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

For updates to this release, and others, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/pr


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Operation Jump Start Fact Sheet.pdf
Operations Jump Start Geographic Chart.pdf

Past Operation Jump Start Photo Galleries

Jan 23, Operation Jump Start
Jan 6, Operation Jump Start Deployment




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