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Iowa National Guard unit preparing for deployment

DES MOINES (KWWL)--- A community sendoff ceremony for the 734th Agribusiness Development Team, Iowa National Guard, which has been mobilized as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, will be held Thursday, July 1 at 9 a.m. in the Camp Dodge Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the sendoff ceremony.

Destined for service in Afghanistan, the 734th ADT is the first-ever Joint Iowa Army and Air National Guard unit to be deployed overseas. The mission of the ADT is to provide training and advice to Afghan universities, provincial ministries, and local farmers with the goal of increasing stability and improving opportunities for Afghanistan's re-emerging agribusiness sector. The ADT is a self-contained volunteer unit comprised of approximately 60 Iowa Army and Air National Guard members from around the state of Iowa with backgrounds and expertise in various sectors of the agribusiness field.

Following the sendoff ceremony, the soldiers and airmen will report to their mobilization station at Camp Atterbury, Ind., for additional training and preparation before departing for overseas operations. The 734th ADT 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.

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