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Ron Allen, Red Wing resident and retired colonel for the United States Army, poses with his son, Cliff, just before Cliff's deployment to Afghanistan at the beginning of November this year. Cliff is stationed near the location where his father served in 2003 and 2004.

Second generation sent to Afghanistan

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In 2003, Red Wing resident Ron Allen was deployed to Afghanistan for his first combat tour overseas. Nearly a decade later, his son, Cliff, has been sent to the same country.


The Allens are just one of many families that have experienced multiple generations going to war -- the same war zone.

"A lot of our people that were there ... in 2011, '12 and '13 our children are coming in now," Ron said.

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