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Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs   
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

CONTACT: 
Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet 
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/27/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard will hold a departure ceremony for the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team-4 Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Colorado National Guard state headquarters in Centennial, Colo.

These Soldiers’ mission is to train and mentor an Afghan National Army battalion in order to provide security for the people of Afghanistan. The team will join Soldiers from the Republic of Slovenia during a 12-month mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Colorado and Slovene Soldiers will instruct and mentor ANA soldiers in subjects such as operational planning and mission execution to increase the overall capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces.

The Colorado National Guard’s partnership with the Republic of Slovenia is in its eighteenth year and was among the first global partnerships of its kind.

When a National Guard state partner nation agrees to participate in an OMLT, that nation often requests a team from the partnered National Guard state to deploy to Afghanistan with them.

“Our relationship with Slovenia grows every time our Soldiers train and deploy together,” said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado. “I have no doubt we will continue to learn a great deal from one another.”

The National Guard’s State Partnership Program establishes and sustains enduring relationships with partner nations through military to military, military to civilian, and civilian to civilian exchanges.  This program has existed since 1993. 

The COARNG's OMLT 2 team is scheduled to return from Afghanistan Nov. 5.

For Assignment Editors: Media wishing to cover this event must coordinate with Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet at 720-250-1053. Location of the deployment ceremony will be Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado, located at 6848 S. Revere Pkwy., Centennial, Colo., 80112.

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10/26/2011