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BREAKING NEWS

Iowa prepares to send off soldiers

By Staff | Jul 13, 2010

The local National Guard Unit spent continued preparing for deployment to Afghanistan during two weeks of training at Fort Ripley, Minn. The Estherville unit will leave Aug. 1 for further training in Mississippi before heading to the Middle East. Photo submitted

Local sendoff ceremonies for approximately 2,800 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (“2BCT”), Iowa Army National Guard will be held in various locations throughout Iowa from July 30 through Aug 9. The public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the sendoff ceremony.

The ceremony for Battery A, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 80 Soldiers) will be 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Estherville Armory, 1704 Third Ave. S.

Following the sendoff ceremony, the soldiers will report to their mobilization station at Camp Shelby, Miss. for additional training and preparation before departing for Afghanistan. The 2BCT has been ordered to federal active duty under a partial mobilization call-up that authorizes the President to order members of the National Guard and Reserves to active duty for one year.

The mission of the 2BCT is to provide full-spectrum operations in a combat theater, including lethal and non-lethal capabilities, support to Afghan National Army and Police units, and assistance to humanitarian relief initiatives.

Find listed below the dates, times and locations areacommunity sendoff ceremonies:

Friday, July 30

Algona

Battery B, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 45 Soldiers)

11 a.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 1511 N. POW Camp Road, Algona

Eagle Grove

Detachment 1, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 40 Soldiers)

11 a.m., Iowa National Guard armory, 216 S. Park Ave, Eagle Grove

Storm Lake

Company G, 334th Brigade Support Battalion (approximately 80 Soldiers)

11 a.m., Storm Lake High School, 621 Tornado Drive, Storm Lake

Sunday, August 1

Estherville

Battery A, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (approximately 80 Soldiers)

11 a.m., Estherville Armory, 1704 3rd Avenue South, Estherville

Thursday, August 5

LeMars

Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry (approximately 80 Soldiers)

9 a.m., Le Mars High School, 921 3rd Avenue SW, Le Mars

Sioux City

-Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry

-Company D, 334th Brigade Support Battalion

(approximately 170 Soldiers total)

10:30 a.m., Sioux City East High School, 5011 Mayhew Drive, Sioux City