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Minnesota National Guard
Team Bulldog Returns Home

One hundred sixty-eight Soldiers of "Team Bulldog" - Bravo Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment celebrated the successful completion of a 13 month long deployment to Iraq, November 17, 2007 in Inver Grove Heights

"After many mission plan changes we finally loaded 20 semis, took 50 vehicles and headed to nine different locations throughout northern Iraq," said Captain John Wisniewski, Bravo Company commander "These were some of the most dangerous locations in the world It is just amazing how much we accomplished together"

The Soldiers of Bravo Company served in Iraq from December 2006 to June 2007 as a security force company providing training and conducting joint operations with Iraqi Police, as well as providing security for key Iraqi government leaders, in Baghdad, Fallujah and the Al Anbar Province The later portion of their tour, June through September 2007, Bravo Company also performed detention operations at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq

The "Bulldog" welcome home ceremony was held at the Inver Heights Community College at the conclusion of the unit's 30 day reintegration event

Among those in attendance at the ceremony was Congresswoman Betty McCollum She spoke of the humanitarian impact Bravo Company Soldiers made while in Iraq

"The most important job we will ever have is as a mom or dad You all helped moms and dads in Iraq to do their jobs They will always appreciate and never forget that," said McCollum

"On behalf of the State of Minnesota, we are sincerely and greatly thankful for what you have done," said Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty "We wouldn't have the country we have without you"
Photo Gallery: Nov. 17, B. Co 1-194 Welcome Home Ceremony

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