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June 30, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Chancellor to present KU flag July 1 to troops being deployed to Iraq

TOPEKA -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway will present a KU flag Friday to members of the Kansas Army National Guard who are being deployed to Iraq.

Approximately 150 soldiers of the Kansas Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery, will be honored in a departure ceremony at 1 p.m. July 1 at Washburn University's Lee Arena in Topeka. The event is open to the public.

The battalion is headquartered in Ottawa and includes a detachment based in Lawrence. The battery will mobilize to Fort Lewis, Wash., where they will go through additional training and preparation before deploying to Baghdad, Iraq.

"It is a privilege to present the KU flag to these courageous soldiers as they depart to serve their country," said Hemenway. "I hope the flag will serve as a daily reminder of the support and pride that this university has for their immense personal sacrifice. We look forward to welcoming them back from Iraq, so we fly the flag over campus in their honor."

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the commander in chief of the Kansas National Guard, and Maj. Gen. (KS) Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, will participate in the ceremony.

The battery normally provides a variety of support for the other batteries in a field artillery battalion. In Iraq, these soldiers will provide security and force protection.


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