Thousands of soldiers from across the state are preparing for a yearlong deployment to Iraq. A total of 2,400 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, known as the Red Bulls, will head overseas in support of Operation New Dawn. Deployment ceremonies are planned over the coming weeks.
On a crisp spring evening, Wes Moechnig heads into the milking parlor of his family’s dairy farm, attaches vacuum pumps to a dozen Brown Swiss cows and waits.
The Minnesota National Guard says 460 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery are preparing to go on a one-year deployment in the Middle East.
In May, 2,400 Minnesota National Guard members will begin preparations to be deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.