Minnesota National Guard soldiers from the 204th Area Support Medical Company departed Saturday for a nine-month mission in Egypt.
KSTP reports the 43-person company will provide health care services in remote sites to troops from 14 other countries who are there enforcing the 35-year-old peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
FOX 9 reported that there are 16 women in the company which will deploy to the Sinai Province, including Elizabeth Briggs, the mother of five boys.
"It's bittersweet. I've been training for the mission for 7 years, prepared to go, excited to support such a great company and the state. But it is very hard to leave my troops at home," Elizabeth Briggs said.
"She knows what she's doing, I think she would do good over there, and it's time for her to show what she's been training for and do what she needs to do for the country," her son Carson Briggs told KSTP.
Earlier this week, WCCO reported that a Minneapolis-based Air Force Reserve Unit headed to the Middle East. More than 100 members of the 934th Airlift Wing said goodbye Tuesday morning. For the next 120 days the pilots, navigators and mechanics will transport troops, equipment and dignitaries through Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
Meanwhile, the Duluth News Tribune reports that some military families on the Iron Range are counting down the days until the 114th Transportation Company returns. The 140 guardsmen with the Chisholm-based Minnesota National Guard unit will come home on Tuesday after nine months’ duty in Afghanistan.