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Final wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team deploy to Kuwait (video)

http://ksaxcom/ksaxImages/DEPLOYMENT%20CEREMONYJPGLITTLE FALLS, Minn (KSAX) - The final wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team departed from Camp Ripley, Tuesday  Two-hundred and fifty soldiers will deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn

The soldiers will train at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, before being deployed to Kuwait on September 2nd The team will support the final draw down in Iraq, nearly 10 years after the September 11 attacks

"It's an exciting time, a lot of emotions, still I'm just ready to get focused, get my head in the game" Private Andrew Stupka said, "Help everyone come home safe and just fulfill our mission"

Family, friends and loved ones were at the ceremony to say good-bye and show support
 
"Knowing that he's over there, doing something great, helping our friends, helping the country", Wendy Thon said

Wendy Thon from Spring Valley said good bye to her husband, Sergeant Ryan Thon on Tuesday And although the send-off was bitter sweet for the couple, Thon said he looks forward to the mission ahead of him

"A lot of my best friends are currently in Kuwait, so I'm excited to see them", Thon said

Thon said looks forward to reuniting with his friends, helping bring the troops home safely from Iraq and following in the footsteps of his heroes who've gone before him

"I really feel we owe the previous generations veterans a lot," Thon said, "We owe them everything that we have, because they're the ones that really kept this country free"

Written for the web by Emily Reppert
Updated: 08/30/2011 8:40 PM KSAXcom


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