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Superior National Guard unit sends 95 soldiers to Afghanistan

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The Army National Guard's 950th Engineer Company unit was celebrated in a send-off ceremony in Superior, Wisconsin, Wednesday as they prepared to head off to Afghanistan.

The ceremony was held at Superior Middle School in front of a standing-room only crowd, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA) says the mission of the unit is to conduct routine clearance operations to locate and defeat improvised explosive device (IEDs) on major roads and supply routes.

"Out of the Army, we're probably the best handled to discover the devices," Unit Commander Capt. Andrew Redd tells WDIO. "That's our jobs. We have the equipment for it."

At the ceremony, Redd told the crowd, “Every time we do our mission and we find one of those devices on the roads, we make the world a little safer for other humans."

The DMA says the deployment is the unit's first mission in Afghanistan. The 950th Engineer Company previously deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 201o.

The troops' deployment to Afghanistan is in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support.

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