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National Guard Send-Off change of plans

Servicemembers only admitted to Armory - public escort out of town

July 21, 2020
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Alpha Battery 1-194th FA reported recently it will be holding a sendoff ceremony at the National Guard Armory Saturday, Aug. 1. The event will be streamed on Alpha Battery's Facebook page. The ceremony will be limited to deploying soldiers, and will be streamed on the Alpha Battery Facebook page. A bus escort out of Estherville will take place after the send off ceremony is complete. which families, and community are welcome to attend. The route will go from the armory-north on 18th St to Central Ave. From there it will head west on Central Ave to 1st St and head south.

About 330 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will deploy in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Central Command is made up of 20 nations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. These deployments are anticipated to last about one year.



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