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Minnesota National Guard
1st tour for many in Minn. Guard deployment to Iraq

oldiers from the Minnesota  National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, 34th Combat Aviation  Brigade, B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th  Aviation Regiment in a send-off ceremony on Nov 27, 2010 (credit:  CBS)
Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment in a send-off ceremony on Nov 27, 2010 (credit: CBS)

ST CLOUD, Minn (WCCO) - Eighty Minnesota National Guard members will leave for a year-long deployment Sunday morning A send-off ceremony was held at the Armory for the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion

At a time when most military families are attending "welcome home" ceremonies, loved ones of the Company B 2-211th are preparing to say goodbye

"Today, the countdown starts The next couple of days is going to be the hardest days as you watch the soldiers leave," said Captain Nate Foster

The soldiers will participate in "Operation New Dawn," the draw-down phase in Iraq The unit will fly Chinook helicopters to move troops and supplies

"No parent wants their children to go to war," said Ronald Cathy Cathy's son is on his third deployment

Of the 80 who will head overseas, about a third are war veterans

"It gets harder every time you go Because there's always that sense of foreboding," said Paul Adamson, who's on his third deployment
But for most, this is their first deployment

"I'm pretty comfortable leaving to go do the job, I just don't want to leave my family," said Ryan Czarnetzki

The Czarnetski family had just gotten a little bigger Their little girl, Charlie Marie, is three weeks and one day old

"It's sad, but he's been a help since she's been here and with Skype, we'll communicate that way," said the soldier's wife, Brook Czarnetski

Skype is a voice and video chat service that's free between computers running Skype

With loved ones playing such a big part in a soldier's deployment, this unit realizes the importance of their latest mission They'll use their Chinook helicopters to fly move troops and supplies

"That's always kind of a good feeling when you're pulling guys out You know it's going to be their last helicopter ride, even though you're stuck there a little while," said Adamson "When you come back from a deployment, you feel like a million bucks"

The soldiers will first head to Fort Hood, Texas for two months of training They'll then head to Iraq for a 10 month deployment

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV
November 27, 2010 8:23 PM

I want to say THANK YOU to the men and women who serve our country, and to those who have served in the past to all of our veterns thank you for serving your and my countrywe love you all
November 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply |

also a thank you to the brave family members who love the soldiers as well you guys dont get acknoledged that much or at all but thank you as welll
November 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply |

Joe Seely
May GOD bless them and protect them
November 28, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply |

Verdeen Langland
Thanks to you, Paul, and all who risk their life for our freedom May God be with you and your comrades!
Verdeen, WAHS Class of '83
November 29, 2010 at 8:07 am | Reply |

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