SIOUX CITY SOLDIERS TO SUPPORT LIBYA EFFORTS

SIOUX CITY—IOWA NATIONAL GUARD SPOKESMAN, COLONEL GREG HAPGOOD, SAYS A SIOUX CITY UNIT HAS DEPLOYED TO SUPPORT THE NO-FLY ZONE OVER LIBYA. THE SIOUX CITY WING FLIES THE KC-135 STRATOTANKER. THE SIOUX CITY UNIT WAS CONVERTED FROM FIGHT JETS TO REFUELING TANKERS IN 2000, AND HAPGOOD SAYS THEY’VE BEEN BUSY SINCE THAT TIME. HE SAYS THE UNIT PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT SUPPORT ROLE FOR THE LIBYA MISSION. THE PLANES FLEW OUT OF IOWA ON MARCH 26 TO JOIN OTHER AIR NATIONAL GUARD UNITS FROM SEVERAL STATES. HAPGOOD SAYS NO OTHER GUARD IOWA GUARD UNITS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO LIBYA AT THIS TIME.

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