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Soldiers from Woodbury, Cottage Grove, other Minnesota cities to deploy this week

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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.

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