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2,400 Minn. National Guard Soldiers Prepare for Deployment (video)

The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division will be deploying to Iraq and Kuwait in May 2,400 Soldiers were notified they will be mobilized for a one year mission as part of the drawdown phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Col Eric Kerska said that the troops are going to serve an important role in the drawdown, "We're going to be providing security in the basses in Kuwait, as well as escorting convoys in and out of Iraq"

Troops are set to deploy May 22nd as part of Operation New Dawn, the name given to the final phase of Iraqi Freedom  According to Kerska, "We've got 50,000 US forces, 50,000 men and woman, in the United States Military there right now and that number will continue to shrink as the drawdown continues and eventually at some point it'll reach zero And while that goes on, somebody needs to escort the men and women, and the equipment as they depart"

"It's hard being a Soldier It's hard being away, but it's hard back here also" Dara Bronson's husband Derek is a Sgt. 1st Class and this will be his 3rd deployment She says she is proud of her husband's work, and she'll do what she can to support him while he's overseas, "The families, they have jobs too My job is taking care of my kids, and keeping my husband secure knowing everything is being taken care of back here

2,400 troops will be deployed for a year It's the second largest Minnesota troop deployment since World War II

Updated: 01/24/2011 7:44 AM
Created: 01/23/2011 10:25 PM KSTPcom
By: Tim Sherno


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