Iowa Troops Heading to Kosovo

Members of the Iowa Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Company C, Medical Evacuation 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion salute during the national anthem during a community send off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Waterloo on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Approximately 50 soldiers with the unit will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit operates UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for medical evacuations to combat support hospitals. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)


By Rachel Begle

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - More than three dozen Iowa Army National Guard soldiers are being mobilized for peacekeeping duty in southeastern Europe.

The National Guard said Monday that a community send-off ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Boone High School gym for members of Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion. The Boone-based unit has detachments in Waterloo and Davenport.

The soldiers will first go to Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training before their deployment to Kosovo.

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