Iowa National Guard in Waterloo holds send-off ceremony for soldiers deploying

Published: Aug. 25, 2017 at 8:40 AM CDT
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The Iowa National Guard in Waterloo will hold a send-off ceremony for 35 Iowa National Guardsmen with the 211th General Support Aviation Battalion on Friday morning.

Families and friends will say goodbye to their loved ones as that unit deploys as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After, they'll train at Fort Hood, Texas where they'll find out where they'll be stationed -- that could include the Middle East, including Iraq and Afganistan.

This unit provides medical evacuations using Blackhawk helicopters, such as picking up wounded soldiers and taking them to hospitals.

In 2012, this unit first deployed in support of the global war on terrorism.

They completed federal active duty in Afghanistan and returned to Iowa in June 2013.

Recently President Trump announced he'll be sending more troops in Afganistan.

The 221th GSAB first found out they were deploying 18 months ago, now they'll host a send-off ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Waterloo Army Aviation Support Facility.

And that ceremony is open for the public to attend.