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Minnesota National Guard Hosts Afghanistan Deployment Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 19, 2009

Twelve Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard will leave Minnesota for training on August 21, 2009 for a one-year deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

This is the second time the Minnesota National Guard will be teaming with the Croatian Armed Forces as an extension of the State Partnership Program by developing and fielding a combined Operational Mentoring Liaison Team (OMLT)

"OMLT 2" Soldiers will serve alongside their Croatian partners in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) providing support to the Afghan National Army (ANA) to increase the overall capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces

Members of the media are invited to attend the Deployment Ceremony for these Soldiers at 10:30 am Friday, August 21 at the Cedar Street Armory, 600 Cedar St, St Paul MN 55101

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

For specific demographic information on the deploying Soldiers visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and "click" on the "OMLT 2 Deploys to Afghanistan" banner

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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