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159 Soldiers Headed to Kuwait from Austin, Minn.

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011, 2:16 PM CDT
by Leif Knutson / FOX 9 News

AUSTIN, Minn -
The 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment is sending 159 soldiers to Kuwait Thursday A deployment ceremony will be held in Austin, Minn for the one-year support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq

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"Approximately one-third of the soldiers deployed previously and will bring added experience to this deployment," said Army Capt Jacob C Helgestad, Officer in Charge, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment

"The deploying soldiers hold positions as mechanics, cooks, truck drivers and as infantrymen," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott A Heilman, Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer for 1135th Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment "The soldiers will join 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division"

The brigade headquarters will be at Camp Arifjan with subordinate units stationed throughout Kuwait, said Helgestad The will be work under the overall control of Army Central Command - Kuwait They will provide base management and security and secure the ground convoy transport of troops, equipment and supplies throughout Iraq

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