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Ishpeming, Calumet, Ironwood, Iron River, and Gladstone National Guard members depart for tour of duty

November 1, 2004

 Lansing - Approximately 40 Soldiers from HHC, 107th Engineer Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard, have been called to active duty and will depart for their mobilization site, Fort Sill, Okla., tomorrow morning around 4 a.m., in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (rotation #3).  At Fort Sill, the Soldiers will spend four to six weeks on mission-specific training and in-processing.  They are then expected to deploy to Iraq for a 12-month tour.

 Later this month, approximately 120 Soldiers from Company A, 107th Engineer Battalion, Calumet, and Company C, 107th Engineer Battalion, Gladstone, will also deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  For HHC’s deployment, the 107th will combine Soldiers from Ishpeming, Calumet, Ironwood, Iron River, and Gladstone.

 Due to the early departure tomorrow morning, the 107th will host an open house/send-off, today, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ishpeming Armory, 900 Palms Avenue.  The public is invited to attend.

 Today, nearly 1,900 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are deployed across the globe including Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, and various state-side locations.  An additional 400 will deploy this month and next; however, as the Michigan Guard serves the nation, more than 9,000 members remain, in reserve, ready to respond to state emergencies including homeland defense events

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