Lt. Corey Cook, son of Tammy Tuttle of Bloomfield and the late Steve Cook, deployed Jan. 28 with the 833rd Engineering Company based in Ottumwa.
After reporting to its mobilization station at Fort Bliss, Texas for additional training, the unit will report to Central Command Theatre of Operations in Afghanistan.
The company’s mission is to increase the combat effectiveness of the United States and coalition forces by removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and explosive devices, and performing infantry missions as required.
Cook, a 2004 graduate of Van Buren High School, has been a member of the Iowa Army National Guard for 10 years. He completed a tour of duty in Iraq with the 224th Engineer Battalion in 2005. He is employed as a manager at a Target store in Des Moines.
His fiancee Alex West and daughter Maddie will stay at their home in Grimes while Cook is on active duty.