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460 Minnesota Army National Guard Prepare To Deploy

Posted: Apr 02, 2011 7:22 PM Saturday, April 2, 2011 8:22 PM EST
By Andrew Knaus, Reporter - email

New Ulm, Minn (KTTC) -- In May, the US Army will be gaining Minnesota soldiers for Operation New Dawn, but for a year, many Minnesota families will be one person short

"To those parents and you're going to go through this, they will serve with honor, they will serve with distinction, they will make the world a better place," says Congressman Tim Walz

The 1st Battalion ,125th Field Artillery is leaving to train for a year long mission in Kuwait on May 22nd

The feeling among those present at the deployment ceremony in New Ulm seems unanimous

"Anxious, getting ready to go," says 1st Lt Kirk Weber "Still got some things to take care of but reality is setting in"

Soldiers like First Lieutenant Weber and Staff Sergeant Ken Guggisberg have been deployed before But for them and their families, being away for a year is still a tough pill to swallow

"My oldest daughter understand, it's my youngest one, she's five She has a little trouble with it I believe But we'll get through it," says Guggisberg

"With two young children at home, my wife It's hard for them," says Weber

Knowing after the darkest night always come a brighter day, the two Guardsmen are already planning for their triumphant return

"Maybe Disney World with the kids, some thing with the kids," says Guggisberg "Take them somewhere like Colorado or what ever to get away for a week or two just do absolutely nothing and enjoy family time"

"Spend some time camping, just the four of us Spending time alone around the camp fire and just enjoying that," says Weber

The 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery will perform Force Protection operations in support of US forces in Kuwait

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