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147th PSB Deployment to Afghanistan - 1/4/07-present

147th PSB Deployment Ceremony
January 3, 2007

The 147th Personnel Services Battalion held a deployment ceremony Wednesday at the Roseville armory on the eve of its deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the ceremony, as did Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard.

More than 150 family members and friends attended the event.

“As governor, I’ve been to a lot of different events, met a lot of different people, been to a lot of different places, and I have never, ever, been associated with a finer group of people than the men and women of the Minnesota National Guard and our United States military,” said Pawlenty during his address to the group.

The 32 Soldiers of the 147th Personnel Services Battalion will train for a couple months at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before moving to Afghanistan, where they will provide administrative support for other military units. The battalion, which is part of the 347th Regional Support Group, is scheduled to return home in March 2008.

Pawlenty, after his address, presented a Minnesota state flag to Lt. Col. Greg Kaiser, commander of the 147th. The flag will be hoisted at the battalion’s base in Afghanistan once they arrive.

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