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Deployment Ceremony Gives Soldiers A Proper Send-Off

1-171 deployment ST CLOUD, Minn- A deployment ceremony was held Saturday afternoon for Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers in the St Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment

The ceremony featured guest speakers, the Order to Mobilization, and a benediction from the brigade chaplain

Captain Amanda Waldusky is a commanding officer for the company She says they will head down to Texas before the actual deployment

Read More: Deployment Ceremony Gives Soldiers A Proper Send-Off [VIDEO] | http://wjoncom/deployment-ceremony-gives-soldiers-a-proper-send-off-video/?trackback=tsmclip "We're leaving for Kuwait for a MEDEVAC mission on February 1st," Waldusky says

"So we'll be heading down to Fort Hood for some train-up"

Waldusky says the Army holds deployment ceremonies in order to give families the opportunity to give the soldiers a proper send-off

"I think [the ceremony] went very well and we had a lot of people from the Patriot Guard out - which was awesome," Waldusky says

"[There was] a lot of friends and family for only 12 people leaving, there was quite a good turnout"

Charlie Company will support units from New Mexico, Ohio and Mississippi during their year-long deployment to Camp Buehring in Kuwait

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January 24, 2015
Isaac Schweer, WJON
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