Minnesota National Guard soldiers being deployed to Guantanamo Bay

The Stillwater-based group leaves Sunday.
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Sunday will see approximately 150 Minnesota National Guard members deploy to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, where they will be tasked with providing base security. 

The 150 or so soldiers, from the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, will first go through additional training at Fort Bliss in Texas before ultimately departing for the southeast coast of Cuba. 

“Our Soldiers are trained and motivated for this important mission,” said Capt. Troy Davidson, the company commander. “We’ve worked hard over the last few years to make sure this unit is one of the most ready units in the U.S. Army.”

Typically, a deployment ceremony would take place on the day of departing Minnesota, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sunday's ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. and available for the general public to watch on the Minnesota National Guard Facebook page. 

Since September 11, 2001, the 34th Military Police Company has deployed members to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

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