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Detachment 39 returns from Afghanistan deployment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 11, 2010

~Detachment 39 Returns from Afghanistan Deployment~

Five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Detachment 39 (Det 39), Operational Support Airlift (OSA) are scheduled to return to Minnesota at 11:30 am on Friday, March 12, 2010  The Soldiers will fly into the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in St Paul 

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Detachment 39 left Minnesota in March 2009 for a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 

Detachment 39 pilots and system operators directly supported United States and Coalition Forces with counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan  The unit conducted continuous combat flights throughout Afghanistan utilizing Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (MARSS) aircraft  Det 39 greatly assisted tactical ground commanders with centralized intelligence collection and analysis by providing electro optic/infrared imagery with a modified Beechcraft King Air 300 C-12 Huron fixed-wing aircraft  Det 39 accumulated more than 600 flight hours and conducted some of the most high profile missions in Afghanistan 

Members of the media are invited to attend the return of Detachment 39 at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1,  206 Airport Road, St Paul, MN 55107 

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

For more specific deployment information on Detachment 39 visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and "click" on the Detachment 39 Special Feature banner

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