Minnesota National Guard soldiers depart for Afghanistan

A Minnesota Army National Guard unit of 55 soldiers is leaving from Minnesota for training for a one-year tour in Afghanistan.
According to the Star Tribune, the unit is from 136 infantry hall and includes residents of 38 counties in Minnesota.
Soldiers also hail from communities in Iowa, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the Pioneer Press reports.
The Star Tribune reports that the unit's mission is to train Afghan security forces, coalition forces and the Afghan Army in counterinsurgency operations.