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Minnesota National Guard
114th Transportation Company On The Road to Deploy

The Duluth-based 114th Transportation Company (TC) is one of the newest units in the Minnesota Army National Guard and is gearing up for their first deployment to Afghanistan

The 114th TC, also known as "The Wolfpack"�, was formed in 2007 From ten original Soldiers it has grown to a company of over 200 These Soldiers reside in 108 different communities located in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota Their mission in Afghanistan will be to "provide ground distribution capabilities to coalition forces,"� according the Company Commander Capt Jeff Nilsen Although this is the first deployment for the 114th TC, over one-third of the Soldiers have been deployed before and many have completed similar missions in other areas of the world

The unit will be heading to Camp Atterbury, Ind for their post mobilization training, but they will train first here in Minnesota

"We've spent the last two years training for a mission like this We will be spending about a month in Camp Ripley before we depart for Camp Atterbury,"� according to Capt Nilsen

Along with military training, it's important for the Soldiers to go through training with their families as well The Minnesota National Guard is a pioneer in providing resources and training for military members and their families The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, founded here in Minnesota, enables families to be prepared before, during and after their deployments

The 114th TC is ready to take on this mission and according to Capt Nilsen, "Our morale is high and our Soldiers are ready We even had Soldiers from other units volunteering to deploy with us"�

There will be a departure ceremony held on June 14 in Duluth They will return to Minnesota in June 2010

by Sgt Dajon Schafer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
April 24, 2009

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