A group of Iowa soldiers will depart for the Middle East on Friday.
A send-off ceremony for the Army’s 949th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services will be held at the Army Reserve Center in Ames at 10 a.m.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend and wish the 40 soldiers well.
The unit will work to ensure the safety of the military’s food supply, identify and monitor animal diseases and provide veterinary care for military dogs.
The unit was previously deployed in 2003 and 2006.