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Airman Prepare for Guam Deploy

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About 300 airmen from the Minot base are preparing to leave for Guam this week.

The B52's from the 69th Bomb Squadron are set to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The mission is part of the Air Force's ongoing mission to provide stability and security in the Asia-Pacific Region.

But, it takes a lot of hard work to prepare for a deployment.

"Over the last several months, we've been working on our skill set in addition to the nuclear enterprise that we've been working with all the exercises and inspections.  And, [we've] been preparing ourselves to make the transition from the cold Minot weather out into the tropics of Guam," says Lt. Col. Matt MacDaniel.

Lt. Col. McDaniel says that this will be a first trip for more than a third of the squad. The main group will leave Wednesday. The airmen will be deployed for six or seven months depending when they are relieved of their mission.

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