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Mike O'Connor, second from left, of Waterloo and his grandson, Brett, 7, raise their hands during a blessing over the soldiers of Iowa Army National Guard's Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry during a send-off ceremony Sunday at Camp Dodge.  Mike's son, Spc. Matthew O'Connor of Cedar Falls is one of about 135 Iowa Army National Guard troops now being deployed to Iraq.

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