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Minnesota National Guard Announces Upcoming Deployment of Eighty Soldiers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sep 2, 2010

~ Eighty Soldiers to deploy to Iraq in Support of Operation New Dawn~

Eighty Soldiers of the Saint Cloud-based Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn

Operation New Dawn is the drawdown phase of US military operations in Iraq, and Minnesota aircrew members and support personnel will play an important part in the conclusion of military operations in Iraq

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Flying CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters, the Company B mission is to provide aerial movement of troops, equipment and supplies for support of maneuver, combat and combat service support operations  In late November, these troops will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 2 months of pre-deployment training before their 10 month deployment to Iraq

"I have confidence in these exceptional Citizen-Soldiers and their ability to complete this important mission with success and honor," said Minnesota Adjutant General Major General Larry Shellito  

Company B was organized on October 1, 2005, as a result of Army Transformation with its battalion headquartered in West Jordan, Utah This is the second deployment for the Company B After having been formed for only six months, Company B was mobilized in March of 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

EDITORS:

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to attend the deployment announcement press conference today, Thursday, Sept 2nd at 1:00 pm The Army Aviation Support Facility is located at 2185 45th Ave SE, St Cloud, MN 56304 Deploying Soldiers and family members will be available for interviews CH-47 Chinook aircraft will be available for photo/video opportunities  

NOTE TO TELEVISION PRODUCERS:   Television stations are invited to generate live remote broadcasts from the CH-47 flight line of the Army Aviation Facility at 5 pm and 6 pm
 
Video B-Roll is available at http://www.youtube.com/user/MNNationalGuard#p/search/0/MCfeqKwp_Oo
 
For more information on Company B visit http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/b2211

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

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

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