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Supporters to greet troops on way to training, deployment

MONTEVIDEO -- Troops with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery could be seeing lots of red, white and blue along with the colors of a Sunday sunrise as they depart for training in preparation of their deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The public is welcome to show their support for the troops by lining the streets of communities as their buses depart armories in the region.

Plans for the Sunday, April 19 departure for training at Fort Hood, Texas are as follows:


Troops will join for formation at 4:45 a.m. in the Citizens State Bank parking lot across from the armory in Olivia. They will board two busses and depart Olivia at 5 a.m. They will proceed west on U.S. Highway 212 and are expected to reach Danube at 5:05 a.m.; Renville at 5:15 a.m.; and Sacred Heart at 5:25 a.m. They will reach Granite Falls at 5:35 a.m. and follow Minnesota Trunk Highway 23 to Sioux Falls, S.D. to board planes for the trip to Fort Hood.


Troops will depart the Training and Community Center in Montevideo and board two busses for departure at 4:45 a.m. They will proceed on U.S. Highway 212 and are expected to reach Granite Falls by 5:05 a.m. They will follow Highway 23 to Sioux Falls, S.D. as well.


Troops will depart from the armory in Appleton at 7 a.m. They will proceed to Highways 119/40 and proceed to Madison. They will follow Minnesota Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 212 into South Dakota.


Troops from Morris and the Ortonville units will join at the Morris armory for a 6:30 a.m. departure. They will follow Minnesota Highway 28 to Graceville and proceed to Highway 75 to Ortonville and continue west into South Dakota.

The busses will likely be joined and escorted by Patriot Guard riders as well as family and friends of the troops in personal vehicles, according to information from Carmen Brunsvold with the Family Readiness Group serving the 151st.

There are 560 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery being deployed. They are expected to undertake training at Fort Hood and deploy in July for Camp Virginia in north-central Kuwait. They are expected to return to Minnesota in April, 2010.