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Culver helps send-off Iowa troops

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Governor Chet Culver spoke at Saturday morning's soldier send-off ceremony. Around 340 Iowa National Guard members left immediately after the farewell for final training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

As the official leader of Iowa's troops, he told the crowd he's confident the men and women are ready to serve. Culver said they had the best training in the world at Fort Ripley in Minnesota.

"That's important for the families to know, that they are, as General Orr said, focused and warrior-ready. And I want them to know we're going to take care of their families back home. We're going to keep the porch light on," said Culver.

Saturday's send-off is one of the final few taking place over the past month. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is sending 2,800 troops to Afghanistan for one year to help stabilize the government.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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