ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota National Guard unit is getting ready to head out for the Persian gulf.

About three dozen members of an assault helicopter battalion are shipping out as part of Operation New Dawn.

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They’re headed for Kuwait to provide aviation support to military forces in the region.

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A sendoff ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, at the St. Paul airport. Gov. Mark Dayton will be on hand to wish them well.

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After training in Texas, the unit will head to the Persian Gulf region sometime this winter. The mission is expected to last into next fall.