The soldiers’ deployment is expected to last a year.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Seventy-five soldiers from the Iowa National Guard were recognized in a send-off ceremony Friday, February 12. 

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The soldiers are set to deploy to the Middle East as part of a sustainment mission within the U.S. Central Command area of operations, according to a statement from the Iowa National Guard. There are 27 countries within that command area.

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“Their primary mission will be to conduct aviation sustainment operations such as refueling and maintenance in support of U.S. and coalition forces,” read the statement.  

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As units within the guard come upon their mission year, the number of deployments has increased, said the statement. 

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“It’s like, I feel ready for it to happen, but I don’t know what it will be like when they leave,” said Molly Smith, whose spouse is being deployed. “I’m excited and scared for him and I say I’m ready, but I don’t know if I’m ready.”

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Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was not open to the public as it normally would be, but was streamed on the guard’s Facebook page. 

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According to the Iowa National Guard’s Facebook page, this unit has flown several times overseas. 

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Their deployment is expected to last one year.

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