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149 Minnesota National Guard soldiers scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 1

CAMBRIDGE, Minn - A departure ceremony is scheduled Sunday for 149 soldiers of the 850th Horizontal Engineer Company, Cambridge, Minn, who are deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

"We have a very professional group of soldiers that are ready to respond to our nation's call," said Army Capt Michael J Thompson, 850th Horizontal Engineer company commander

"I am very confident in these soldiers, as they are the most qualified soldiers to perform this mission," said Thompson "Over the past few months we have trained hard and formed a strong bond where individuals can rely on each other for strength and mentorship"

"Our company is an engineer unit that will provide heavy equipment, hauling and maintenance support for several forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan," said Army 1st Sgt Jeffry C Taylor, 850th Horizontal Engineer Company 1st sergeant

Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the departure ceremony Sunday, March 3, at 3 pm at the Cambridge High School, 430 NW 8th Ave, Cambridge, Minn, 55008

Members of the media are invited to arrive 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony For more information on the 850th Horizontal Engineering Company, see attached fact sheet

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmnpublicaffairs@ngarmymil or call 651-282-4410

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