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Iowa National Guard soldiers called up for active duty

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

More Iowa soldiers have been called to active duty. The Iowa National Guard has not officially released the orders, but local support groups are already preparing for a sendoff later this month.

Officials with the public affairs office at the Iowa National Guard say they can not release the details of the deployment at this time. They may release some details in the next couple of days.

Julie Ehlers, an organizer for the support group, Iowa's Bravest, says the send off ceremony will be for the 211th Air Ambulance Battalion. It will take place July 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Iowa National Guard building on West Big Rock Road. The building is located just east of the Waterloo Regional Airport.

Iowa National Guard officials would not say how many soldiers will be deployed or where they will be deployed to in the middle east.

In August of 2008, 65 soldiers took part in a sendoff for the 211th. The ceremony was held at Hawkeye Community College. At that time the soldiers were deployed to Iraq where they provided aerial medical evacuations.

Ehlers says for some of the soldiers this will be their third deployment to the middle east.

The sendoff ceremony is open to the public and local support groups are hoping for a big turnout.

Officials with the Iowa National Guard have yet to release how long this deployment will last.

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