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They're home! 1st Battalion 151st Field Artillery Soldiers welcomed home

Busses pass through Fulda   Fulda Free Press/Sheila Crowley
Fulda Free Press/Sheila Crowley
Busses pass through Fulda


With hundreds of United States Flags waving in the wind, people cheering along the roadside, horns honking, lights flashing, and sirens sounding, the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 151st Field Artillery unit (1-151 FA) of the Minnesota National Guard were welcomed home on Friday morning. The unit, which is comprised of Soldiers from the surrounding area, began arriving at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, on Sunday. They had completed their transfer of authority ceremony on Friday at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

To help welcome the Soldiers back home after a one-year deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, emergency response vehicles met the three Ready coach buses that transported the Soldiers in Worthington, MN. They had traveled Interstate 90 from Fort McCoy Worthington Fire Department, Worthington Police Department, and Marshall Fire Department, along with a host of citizens, greeted the Soldiers as the buses arrived in Worthington. The caravan proceeded north toward Fulda on Highway 59, where at the south edge of Fulda, the Fulda Fire Department, Fulda Police Department and Fulda Ambulance joined the caravan.

The welcome continued all of the way along Highway 59 and then Highway 23 to the Armory in Marshall, MN, where the Soldiers were able to reunited with family members.

550 Soldiers comprise the five major units that are the 1st Battalion, 151 Field Artillery The units are Headquarters and Headquarters Battery in Montevideo, A Battery in Marshall, B Battery in Madison and Olivia, C Battery in Morris and Ortonville and the 175th Forward Support Company in Appleton.

According to the Minnesota Army National Guard, the group successfully completed 591 combat missions over 19 million miles without accident or injury.

by Norma Dittman
April 8, 2010

Article source: http://www.fuldafreepress.net/default.asp?storyid=48100&secid=101



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