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Minnesota National Guard announces upcoming deployment of 800 Soldiers

Approximately 800 Soldiers from the St. Paul-based 34th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in late May 2008.

Before deploying to Iraq these troops are expected to travel to Fort Sill, Okla. for three months of pre-deployment training.

The Soldiers of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade command, direct, maintain and operate UH-60 "Blackhawk" utility helicopters and CH-47 "Chinook" cargo helicopters. The brigade mission will be coordinating combat-service support missions, such as transporting cargo, personnel and material throughout their area of responsibility.