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Those austere conditions still exist in Afghanistan. But with the planned drawdown there, the post-9/11 deployment era will likely yield more to Minnesota missions — albeit sometimes without much notice.
Regardless, Savage said, “I look forward to that phone call, because it gives us the opportunity to say why 100 other people have to leave their families, find child care, leave their employers. And if it wasn’t for public affairs, they wouldn’t have that confidence that their community would be OK.”
“I have a bag packed at all times,” added Angelo, reflecting his team’s mission, as well as the National Guard’s motto: Always Ready.
John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. Fridays on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @ rashreport.
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