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Sendoff set for Iowa soldiers headed to Iraq

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News Release from the Iowa National Guard:

Community sendoff ceremonies for two Iowa Army National Guard units mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom will be held in five different Iowa communities on Thursday, Oct. 30 (see below for specific locations and times).  Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate, and the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the following sendoff ceremonies for the 1133rd and 1168th Transportation Companies:

Aububon - Detachment 2, 1168th Transportation Company (approximately 65 Soldiers) -sendoff at 4 p.m., Audubon High School gymnasium, 800 3rd Ave., Audubon.

Iowa City - Detachment 1, 1133rd Transportation Company (approximately 25 Soldiers) -sendoff at 4:30 p.m., Regina High School gymnasium, 2150 Rochester Ave., Iowa City.

Mason City - 1133rd Transportation Company (approximately 115 Soldiers) - sendoff at 6 p.m., Mason City High School gymnasium, 1700 4th St. SE, Mason City.

Perry - 1168th Transportation Company (approximately 65 Soldiers) - sendoff at 7:30 p.m., Perry High School gymnasium, 1200 18th St., Perry.

Marshalltown - Detachment 1, 1168th Transportation Company (approximately 40 Soldiers) - sendoff at 7:30 p.m., Marshalltown Community College gymnasium, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown.

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., have ordered the 1133rd and 1168th Transportation Companies to federal active duty, which affects approximately 310 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers.  The mobilization is part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. The Soldiers will leave Iowa and report to Fort Bliss, Texas for additional preparation and training before departing for the Central Command theater of operation.

The DoD mobilization policy goal is to mobilize National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers for no longer than 12 consecutive months, but if necessary, those Servicemembers can serve up to 24 months consecutively on active duty.

The units are medium truck companies which transport equipment and supplies in a theater of operations.  Both units previously deployed in 2003-2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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