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Elementary School Holds Send-Off for Soldiers (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- More than 2,000 Minnesota National Guardsmen are getting ready to head back to the middle east for another year long mission

They say the death of Osama Bin Laden doesn't change their mission and it doesn't make leaving their families behind any easier

Patriotism was the theme at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary Monday morning Patriotism and the realization that it comes with a cost

"Right now it's kind of hard to grasp exactly how long a year is going to be," said Specialist Spencer Stevens

Specialist Spencer Stevens and his fellow Red Bull National Guard unit are being deployed to Kuwait They're scheduled to leave later this month 

"The kids miss him terribly," said Michelle Stevens"I know what a year is going to be The kids don't grasp it"

Today, Steven's 8-year-old son Zachary and the rest of the 2nd graders held a quick send off ceremony for his dad and two other soldiers who have 2nd graders there The students sang patriotic songs, but for some of the adults the simplest of words were tough to get out

"and we hope you come back safe"

And then there were moments that need no words Lost on many of these young souls is the fact that on this day, the world's most wanted terrorist is no more Lost on them, but not on Specialist Spencer Stevens

"We still have a mission to do," he said "We must keep prevailing, keep fighting, keep moving forward"
And unfortunately, keep saying goodbye to their families

The Red Bulls are scheduled to head off on May 30th for training But Specialist Stevens says he's unsure when they will actually be in Kuwait

Posted at: 05/02/2011 6:56 PM
By: David Springer

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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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