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Troops from Minnesota Army National Guard to be deployed

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Department of Defense says they will be deploying troops from the Minnesota Army National Guard to the Operation New Dawn.

The DOD says effective Sept. 1, 2010, the U.S. mission in Iraq is renamed from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn to coincide with U.S. forces' shift to an advisory, assistance, training, and equipping role.

Specific unit alerted for Operation New Dawn is the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard. It consists of about 2,700 men and women.

The unit will replace a redeploying unit, with no increase in overall force levels. They are currently scheduled to begin their deployment in the summer of 2011 and are receiving alert orders now in order to provide the maximum time to complete preparations. It also provides a greater measure of predictability for family members and flexibility for employers to plan for military service of their employees.

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