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Crookston space troops despatched off with parade escort

Crookston National Guard Company B, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, was sent with a parade-style escort by several law enforcement, fire / club, and community supporters on their way to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train on their way to prepare on Tuesday nine months overseas as part of Operation Spartan Shield.

The deployed soldiers will mobilize and resume the tasks of the CENTCOM operational area, provided they take over the mission of the Spartan Shield forces.

Approximately 1,100 soldiers from Task Force 1-194, including Crookston, Brainerd, Camp Ripley, the Sauk Center, St. Cloud, East St. Paul, Detroit Lakes, and Cottage Grove, belong to the Minnesota group.

Supporters gather on the corner of 2nd St. and MainFire engines participated in escorting the troopsPeople with flags and signs gathered for the paradeHere a relative of a soldier shows her markSeveral law enforcement agencies participated in escorting the forceTroop trailers outside the VFW Post 1902Troop buses marched down Main Street as the soldiers went to Texas to train before being dispatched overseasSupporters wave to the troopsSoldiers and their families gathered for a social MondayA group photo of the troops and their families at a social on Armory Monday