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National Guard Chinook company deploys to Iraq

Eighty Soldiers of the Saint Cloud-based Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, departed this weekend in support of Operation New Dawn A departure ceremony was held at the Saint Cloud Army Aviation Support Facility Nov 27

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

"I am very fortunate to lead a highly-trained group of Soldiers for this mission," stated Capt Nate Foster, Company B Commander, "All of our Soldiers show tremendous initiative and enthusiasm to do a job, well"

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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  These troops will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 2 months of pre-deployment training before their 10-month deployment to Iraq

"This company proved their mettle in a previous deployment  It is that determination which will carry them through this one" said Minnesota Adjutant General Major General Richard Nash

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

Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
November 25, 2010





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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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