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Minnesota National Guard
Chisholm community, families send off 114th Transportation Company

Minnesota National Guard CHISHOLM, Minn- The Iron Range community honored more than 140 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Company during a ceremony Oct 12, 2013, as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan

"We've been extremely fortunate to have the support of our community and families," said Capt Ryan Koester, commander of the 114th "Without their support, you wouldn't see such a successful unit here today"

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon attended the ceremony and reminded the troops of the importance of their mission and their sacrifice

"Though our country's presence in Afghanistan is waning, it won't make your work there during the next year any less important, your families miss you any less or all Americans any less appreciative of your service," said Prettner Solon

The 114th Transportation Company previously deployed to Afghanistan from 2009-2010 During this deployment, the Soldiers will escort supplies and assist in the eventual drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

"Over the next year, we will deploy to Afghanistan, a country we left just a little more than three years ago to continue providing support to operation enduring freedom," said Koester "We are equipped with modern and technical equipment and, most importantly, knowledge and experience Our Minnesotan work ethic will put us above our peers and continue to prove that Minnesota Guard units are among the best assets to the Army"

Col Johanna Clyborne, commander of the 347th Regional Support Group which the 114th falls under, thanked the families for their role in supporting the Soldiers and their mission

"Your personal sacrifice in support of our Soldiers is recognized and we all look forward to their return upon completion of their mission," said Clyborne "We could not do what we do without you"

October 15, 2013
by Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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