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TJ Melcher will put his job at the Minnesota Department of Transportation on hold and be away from his wife and children as he leaves soon for a yearlong deployment in the Middle East with the Minnesota National Guard. leave his family after being deployed for over a year next month. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Honoring the commitment: Bemidji man to deploy soon for yearlong stint in Middle East


BEMIDJI — Despite several stints in the Minnesota National Guard, TJ Melcher has never been on deployment.

That will change. As a member of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade out of St. Paul, the Bemidji man will leave next month for mobilization training in Texas before deploying to Kuwait in August.

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