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Iowa National Guard sendoffs today

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IOWA (KWWL) -- 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.

The ceremonies are for more than 300 troops serving in the 1133rd and 1168th Transportation Companies.

Ceremonies will take place at the following locations:

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 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 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.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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