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220 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to Deploy to Kuwait

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers assemble on Friday to begin pre-deployment training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 29

ST PAUL, Minn - More than 220 soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's St Paul-based 34th Combat Aviation Brigade will begin pre-mobilization training on Friday in preparation for deployment to Kuwait in June in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

The deploying soldiers and families will assemble at the St Paul National Guard Aviation Support Facility, and then depart for the Camp Ripley Training Center in Little Falls, Minnesota, where they will spend two weeks completing training designed to establish readiness for the unique challenges they will face as members of an aviation task force in a deployed environment

"This pre-mobilization training is important because it brings the whole unit together to train and finalize our deployment plan," said Lt. Col. Greg Fix, commander 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion 

Pre-mobilization training will include battle drills designed to exercise all staff sections of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, qualify with weapons, as well as maintain physical and mental fitness At the completion of training, leaders will ensure the military unit is ready, trained and equipped to succeed on deployment

A unit fact sheet with demographics, timeline and hometowns is attached

MORNING SHOW PRODUCERS: You are invited to generate live remotes Friday 4:30 am to 9:00 am at the Minnesota National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility #1, 206 Airport Road, Saint Paul, Minnesota Deploying soldiers and family members will be available for interviews RSVP to 1st Lt Melanie Nelson at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4412 no later than 4:00 pm Thursday, May 1st if you plan to broadcast live

EDITORS AND PRODUCERS: Members of the media are invited to observe the opening formation of 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade at 8:00 am Friday at the Minnesota National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility, 206 Airport Road, Saint Paul, Minnesota There will be media availability for one-on-one interviews with deploying soldiers and families   RSVP to 1st Lt Melanie Nelson at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4412 no later than 4:00 pm Thursday, May 1st if you plan to attend

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/34cab

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

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