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347th PSD returns from Kuwait

It was a happy day for friends and family of Soldiers from the 347th Personnel Services Detachment June 6, 2008 Eighteen Soldiers from the Roseville-based unit returned from a 12-month deployment in Kuwait

The 347th Personnel Services Detachment provided briefings to service members arriving to and departing operational areas, maintained their records, produced identification cards, updated Soldier's family information and tracked all incoming and outgoing Soldiers and civilians in operational areas They provided briefings for 81,000 service members deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom The Soldiers also provided 3,100 Soldiers with military identification cards

"It was a very happy day and also a sad day in some ways," said Staff Sgt Contrina Lamb "I am so happy to be home and see my family" It can also be hard to leave the Soldiers that you have deployed with "I am also sad to leave the Soldiers who have been like a family to me over the last year"

The 18 Soldiers were the first group from the 347th Personnel Services Detachment to return from Kuwait The second group of 13 Soldiers are scheduled to return around the middle of June and the last 13 Soldiers will return in July

Sgt. 1st Class Rich Kemp
MinnesotaNationalGuardorg
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