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Minnesota National Guard unit deploys a second time to Afghanistan

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 10, 2013

CHISHOLM, Minn- More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Company are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Chisholm, Minn, in preparation for a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

"The 114th Transportation Company is returning to Afghanistan three and a half years after a support mission from 2009 to 2010," said Army Capt Ryan R Koester, 114th Transportation Company Commander

"Our mission will be to escort equipment and supplies to sustain the war and the eventual draw down in Afghanistan," said Koester "I am fortunate, after 12 years of war and multiple deployments, to have a company of soldiers that are motivated to answer the call and perform their mission The 114th Transportation Company has successfully completed its pre-mobilization training with the collaboration of the 347th Regional Support Group, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the Joint Force Headquarters"

"With the support of our families and programs like Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, we are confident that we will receive the moral support and encouragement we need to stay focused and be able to complete our mission overseas," said Koester

Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the departure ceremony Saturday, Oct 12 at 1 pm at Chisholm High School, 301 4th Street SW, Chisholm, Minn 55719 Members of the media are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony

For more information on the deploying soldiers, view the attached document

Follow the departure ceremony at www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard or Twitter @MNNationalGuard

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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