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834th Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers Deploy to Kuwait

834 ASB HASTINGS, Minn - Approximately 40 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 834th Aviation Support Battalion, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade took part in a deployment ceremony June 6, 2015

"The deploying Soldiers of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion are eagerly anticipating their upcoming deployment to Kuwait," said Capt Caleb Seelhoff, company commander

The Soldiers of the Hastings-based Bravo and Charlie Companies of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion will deploy for a seven-month mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield

"The task force has the mission to augment the 185th Theater Aviation Brigade from the Mississippi National Guard, and the 351st Aviation Support Battalion from the Kentucky National Guard, who are already stationed in Kuwait," added Seelhoff

"We are ready to support our families as a part of our team," said Lt. Col. Gary Jorgensen, 834th battalion commander

Congressman Tom Emmer of the Minnesota 6th congressional district shared his appreciation of the families, friends and fellow Service members of the deploying Soldiers and recognized the family-team concept that they will need to support each other during the deployment The Minnesota troops will provide communication system support and helicopter maintenance support to units of the task force

"I am very proud of our men and women of the 834th and that they are a part of my congressional district," said Representative Betty McCullum, of Minnesota's 4th congressional district "On my recent visit to Kuwait, I was flooded with nothing but praise on the excellent job Minnesota National Guardsmen continue to do overseas"

"With a forty-person manning requirement, the deploying unit received more volunteers for their deployment than we had slots available," commented Seelhoff

The deploying Soldiers will travel to Fort Hood, Texas where they will receive pre-deployment training before joining the rest of the task force in Kuwait

June 8, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs



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