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400 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Return from Kosovo

Community, friends and family of the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are scheduled to gather for Welcome Home Ceremonies following the unit's return from a 12-month deployment in support of the Kosovo International Security Force (KFOR) and NATO peacekeeping operations in Kosovo  400 Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry conducted peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as part of "Task Force Bayonet," and were instrumental in keeping peace during that nation's declaration of Independence

The unit was responsible for security, intelligence, communications, re-supply, civil military operations and reconstruction missions, traveling more than 500,000 miles in Kosovo While deployed, these Soldiers completed more than 12,000 security patrols, set up 1,500 Vehicle Control Points, discovered 5 weapons caches, turned over 23 suspected rebels to the Kosovo Police Service, established more than 340 LP/OP's (listening post/observation post) and provided logistical support for two patrol bases  In addition, the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry provided medical treatment to more than 1,000 local civilians and completed four Kosovo reconstruction projects totaling more than $75,000

The 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry distinguished itself in Kosovo with the following awards: 34 Army Achievement medals, 27 Army Commendation medals, 7 Meritorious Service medals, 2,105 Service Awards and promoted 224 Soldiers 

The returning Soldiers are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry headquartered in Mankato The specific units that were deployed are as follows: Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mankato; A Company in West St Paul; B Company in Rochester; D Company in Albert Lea; and F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion in Austin

Members of the media are invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremonies in each community No RSVPs are required Be advised that the bus arrival times are projections

3 pm Thursday, July 10
95 Soldiers
A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry West St Paul National Guard Armory
1346 S Robert St
West St Paul MN 55418

4 pm Thursday, July 10
45 Soldiers
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Mankato Armory 100 Martin Luther King Drive Mankato, MN 56001

5 pm Thursday, July 10
90 Soldiers
F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion Austin National Guard Armory 800 21 Street NE Austin, MN 55912

7 pm Thursday, July 10
95 Soldiers
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Albert Lea Armory 410 Prospect AVE Albert Lea, MN 56007

7:30 pm Thursday, July 10
95 Soldiers
B Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Rochester National Guard Armory
1715 Marion Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
 
For updates to this release, and others, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/pr

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410





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