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Iowa National Guard soldiers to Louisiana for special training

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

More than 600 Iowa National Guard soldiers are taking part in training at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana.

Many took off Saturday from the Livingston Airport in Waterloo and the Dubuque Regional Airport.

"We're going to be going through a variety of scenarios that will challenge the soldiers at the individual level," said Eric Soults.

It's all happening at the JRTC in Fort Polk, Louisiana, a center focused on putting soldiers through highly stressful hypothetical situations.

It's all to make the soldiers better and ready.

"It's not very often National Guard soldiers get to go down to the national training center, it's one of the most premier centers there is to offer," said Soults.

A premier opportunity, and one that isn't taken lightly.

These soldiers will be away from their families longer than usual.

"It requires more resources, more time away from families, but we'll come back better trained and better prepared for the future," Soults said.

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