MN Soldiers To Deploy Overseas 15 Jul 13

A Minnesota National Guard unit with soldiers from the local area is headed to Afghanistan. A deployment ceremony was held in Litchfield Sunday for nearly 100 members of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company. The soldiers will train for several months at Fort Bliss in Texas before traveling to Afghanistan, where they will be tasked with clearing improvised explosive devices. The soldiers come from 28 communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, and many of them will be deployed overseas for the first time.