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400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo this fall

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2007

400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo this fall

More than 400 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will support the Kosovo International Security Force (KFOR) and be responsible for NATO peacekeeping operations in Kosovo for one year beginning fall 2007

The deploying Soldiers are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry headquartered in Mankato The specific units mobilized are Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mankato; A Company in West St Paul; B Company in Rochester; C Company in Winona and Owatonna; D Company in Albert Lea; and F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion in Austin

"This mission is ideally suited for the Army National Guard because it involves two key areas we specialize in " community assistance and homeland defense,"said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

The Soldiers will depart in late June for Camp Atterbury, Indiana to begin specific training, such as cultural and language studies, learning to conduct presence patrols, maneuvering military vehicles on Kosovo's narrow roads and identifying and reacting to potential hazards like landmines

Specific dates and departure ceremonies will be announced as they become available

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Olson
Minnesota National Guard
Director of Public Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155
Office: 651-268-8949
Cell: 651-775-4392
E-Mail: kevin.olson@us.army.mil
Web: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

For the latest press releases, with related links, go to http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/press_room/ma_overviewphp

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