More Minnesotans headed for duty in Iraq

8:23 PM, Sep 6, 2006   |    comments
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Another group of about 160 Minnesota National Guard troops have been ordered to active duty in preparation for deployment in Iraq, the guard announced Wednesday. The troops are with Company B, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor, based in East St. Paul and headquartered in Brainerd. The company includes soldiers from the Twin Cities, Brainerd, Duluth, Little Falls and Moorhead areas. A deployment ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Little Falls High School. The soldiers will travel to Fort Dix in New Jersey for up to three months of training before going to Iraq, where they will provide security patrols for up to one year. A group of Army Reservists based in Rochester also will be packing their gear Thursday for a one-year posting in Iraq. About three-dozen members of the 79th Military Police Co. -- all either volunteers or soldiers on their first overseas deployments -- will join another Army Reserve unit for duty there. The platoon from the 79th MPs and another contingent from the 447th Military Police Co. of Canton, Ohio, are being attached to the 303rd Military Police Co. from Jackson, Mich., said Army Master Sgt. Janet Jones, of the Reserve's 88th Regional Readiness Command at Fort Snelling. The 303rd will deploy overseas with about 170 soldiers. The Rochester-based reservists head first for Jackson, Mich., then in a few days the 303rd will move on to Fort Dix, N.J., for training, probably until sometime in November, said Maj. Annmarie Daneker, a public affairs officer for the 88th Command. The 79th Military Police is made up mostly of members from the Twin Cities, with members also from southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota.

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