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Published May 20 2010

Moorhead soldiers may be among 2,700 Minnesota National Guard troops deploying to Kuwait, Iraq next year

MOORHEAD – Soldiers with the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion of the 136th Infantry may be among more than 2,700 Minnesota National Guard troops deploying to Kuwait and Iraq next year, the Department of Defense announced today.

"Right now, all we know is there's a potential for a possible deployment, in which we don't know if we're part of or not," said Maj. Aaron Krenz, officer-in-charge of the Moorhead-based battalion, which has 954 soldiers spread throughout northwest Minnesota.

The Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, which will begin its one-year deployment in summer 2011, has 37 units from 42 Minnesota communities.

The deployment is in support of Operation New Dawn, which is the draw-down phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Soldiers are being notified now to give them the maximum time to complete their training and inform family members and employers of their deploy-ment, the Guard stated in a news release.

The Guard soldiers will play a security role in supporting U.S. forces.

“The soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team have the unique experience and knowledge required to successfully complete this mission,” Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, adjutant general of the Minnesota Guard, stated in the release.

The final list of deploying units will be announced early next year.