Iowa Army National Guard Unit Deployed to Middle East

ANKENY, Iowa — A group of Iowa Army National Guard soldiers is being deployed to the Middle East.

Ten soldiers with Detachment 34, Operational Support Airlift Command, will leave from the Ankeny Airport on July 3rd.

The unit flies C-12 aircraft and will provide air transport to personnel.

They’ll train at Fort Bliss, Texas before heading to the Middle East. The soldiers are expected to be deployed for a year as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The unit previously served overseas in 2002, 2008 and 2011.

The public is invited to the sendoff ceremony at 3700 SE Convenience Blvd. It begins at 10 a.m.

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