ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Eighty St. Cloud-based soldiers are leaving home this weekend to help the drawdown phase of military operations in Iraq.

The Minnesota aircrew members and support personnel will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, for about two months for training before their 10-month deployment to Iraq.

The soldiers are from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment.

They will be flying CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters, helping move troops, equipment and supplies.

A departure ceremony is Saturday in St. Cloud.

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Comments (3)
  1. Louis Christensen says:

    Good Luck to all of you! Thanks for everything all of you do for our country. You will be in our prayers everyday!!

  2. Sharon Simpson says:

    God bless you and keep you safe. Thank you for serving our country!!!!!

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