Iraq Drawdown Will Not Affect MN Troops 24 Oct 11

The proposed pullout of all US military personnel from Iraq by the end of this year will not likely affect the Minnesota National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Olson says the 2,600 soldiers with the First Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, are still expected to remain in Kuwait until May of 2012. That includes the soldiers from the New Ulm area and other locations across southern Minnesota deployed earlier this year. The Minnesota troops are providing security for bases in Kuwait and facilitating the drawdown of US forces and equipment from Iraq. President Obama announced the new troop withdrawal timetable on Friday.