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Army Reserve unit deploys to Afghanistan

FORT SNELLING, Minn. - Army Reserve Soldiers of the 372nd Engineer Brigade (372 EN BDE) and their family members will be honored at a 1 p.m. ceremony in Historic Fort Snelling at 1 p.m. Monday (Aug. 31) before their deployment to Afghanistan.

While the majority of the 130 soldiers reside in the greater Twin Cities area, a number are from other areas including 12 from Wisconsin, two of whom are from North Hudson.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the guest speaker. Honored guests include Maj. Gen. Paul E. Crandall, Commanding General of the 416th Engineer Command (to whom the 372nd EN BDE reports), Minn. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and others.

The deployment, under the code name Operation Timberwolf, will include construction and route clearance missions, building of military facilities, bridge and road design, construction and repair.

Another mission goal is to provide mentorship to the Afghan National Army in order to develop governance, security and quality of life to the Afghan people.

The soldiers will spend several weeks in further training at Fort McCoy, Wis., prior to moving into Afghanistan.