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      Community send-off for Ottumwa-based Iowa Army National Guard unit

      The Ottumwa based Iowa National Guard Unit 833 Engineer Company is heading to Afghanistan.

      Monday January 28 there will be a community send-off ceremony at the Hellyer Student Life Center at Indian Hills Community College at 10 a.m. for the approximately 100 soldiers.

      The unit will first report to their mobilization station at Fort Bliss, Texas and then will report to the Central Command Theater of Operations.

      â??When soldiers are preparing to go on combat tours it just means everything to them to know that people care about them back home and that people wish them well and tell them Godspeed for their journey. So we love it when the public comes out to support our soldiers there. It just means so much and the people of Iowa are just absolutely tremendous. They are the greatest supporters we could ever have,â?? said Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer.

      A couple of the unitâ??s main jobs is to working to locate minefields and explosive devices and executing mobility mission, as well as performing infantry missions as required.