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DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa National Guard is getting ready for what could be it's largest call-up of a single unit for an overseas deployment since World War II.

Guard spokesman Maj. Michael Wunn says troops from the 2nd Brigade of the 34th Infantry Division, which has about 3,500 soldiers, were alerted over the weekend.

Wunn confirmed the deployment, but declined to say how many soldiers would be mobilized or where they would be headed.

The Department of Defense announced on Tuesday three major units including more than 11,000 people will be deployed as part of upcoming rotations of forces in Afghanistan. The three units include the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Iowa National Guard, the 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, and the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany. The scheduled rotation is scheduled to start in the spring of 2010.

The National Guard unit is expected to deploy in the fall of 2010 to continue ongoing operations and training of the Afghan National Security Forces.

A formal announcement is scheduled in Des Moines on Tuesday afternoon.

Between 11,000 and 12,000 Iowa Guard soldiers and airmen have been mobilized since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The largest single unit called up has been Task Force 168, which had about 700 troops who served in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005.

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