National Guard heads to Africa for a year

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Approximately 170 Army National Guard Soldiers are headed to the Horn of Africa for a one-year deployment. The troops are assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, based in northern Illinois including units in Kewanee, Pontiac, Dixon and Aurora.

They’ll train at Fort Bliss, Texas, for about six weeks before joining the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 135th Infantry Regiment to perform force protection missions around the region.

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