DUTY CALLS: Local National Guard unit heading to Africa | Local News


MANKATO — When Joshua Truman was first deployed overseas as a young Marine for Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Reed Ross hadn’t been born yet.

Nearly three decades later, the two Mankato residents will be shipping out together, along with more than 700 other soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment who are preparing to deploy to the Horn of Africa.

Despite their differences in age and experience, Staff Sgt. Truman,…



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