Soldiers from Woodbury, Cottage Grove, other Minnesota cities to deploy this week
National Guard soldiers from communities around the state - including Woodbury and Cottage Grove - leave Thursday for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.
The 22 soldiers represent A Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard.
A departure ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bloomington Armory in Bloomington.
There will be one soldier from Woodbury deploying with the unit.