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Brazil soldier heading to Afghanistan with support team

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Indiana Army National Guard Maj. Curtis Madsen (second from right), poses with family and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Indiana's adjutant general in Indianapolis Friday, March 4. Madsen is part of the Indiana National Guard's first Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, which will partner with Slovak soldiers and then deploy to Afghanistan to advise and mentor Afghan soldiers. Courtesy Photo
INDIANAPOLIS -- A team of five Indiana National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Slovakia and then ultimately to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to help mentor Afghan logistics troops.

One of the Hoosier troops is Maj. Curtis Madsen, Brazil.

"I'm excited to get to work with soldiers from other countries," Madsen said. "It'll be a fabulous and unique experience."

Before the Hoosier troops stamp their passports for the overseas mission, they'll first head to Fort Polk, La., for theater-specific training. Once the training is complete, they will then pair up with their Slovak counterparts.

This multinational cooperation is stemmed from the National Guard's State Partnership Program that started in 1993 to help Eastern European and western Asian countries gain acceptance into NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Now the two countries' troops will mentor and advise members of the Afghan army as part of the NATO-led Operation Mentor and Liaison Team program, which is scheduled for a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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Saw the MAJOR just last week at work. Congratulations, sir! Be safe!

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 7, 2011, at 12:01 PM

Thank you for your service and good luck Maj. Madsen. Come home safely, God be with you and your family.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Mar 7, 2011, at 12:45 PM

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