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Guard troops, families honored at deployment ceremony

Supporters filled the Morris Area Elementary gymnasium Saturday for a send-off for local troops headed to Operation Iraqi Freedom

Some 560 Soldiers with the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 151st Artillery are being deployed to the Middle East The Soldiers are deploying from units in Montevideo, Olivia, Appleton, Marshall, Madison, Morris and Ortonville

The event, lasting about 45 minutes, was filled with words of support and encouragement for the Soldiers, their families, employers and communities

The program featured remarks by Major General Larry Shellito, Minnesota's Adjutant General, First Lady Mary Pawlenty, Gov Tim Pawlenty, and Charlie Battery Commander Capt David Johannson

Gov Pawlenty told the Soldiers that the saying, "freedom isn't free," but he added that "not everybody pays the same price The individuals sitting in front of us are willing to pick up heavier lift and the family members are willing to carry a heavier load a longer distance for the cause and price of freedom We are grateful and respectful for that"

The troops will be led by Lt. Col. Scott St Sauver The Minnesota troops will be part of a 2,900-Soldier brigade with Soldiers from units in Wyoming, South Dakota, Alabama and Colorado

In announcing the deployment, St Sauver said that about 400 to 450 of the Minnesota Soldiers will be directly involved with convoy escort service, while the remainder will serve in command, maintenance, communication and other missions at Camp Virginia

The troops are scheduled to leave Minnesota on April 19

Article source: www.MorrisSunTribune.com



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