It’s easy to get lost in our own lives these days. The kids are out of school, we’re stuck at home, and there are restrictions on where we can go and what we can do. On top of that, many of us have lost jobs or income.

But while we’ve been focused on coronavirus and its effects on our daily lives, the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment has been looking ahead and preparing for its next mission. The soldiers - including 99 who are members of Iowa Falls-based Charlie Company - will leave their homes, their jobs and their families this week to head out on a year-long deployment.

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