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Minnesota National Guard prepares for first group of arriving soldiers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 14

ST PAUL, Minn - Two-hundred fifteen Minnesota National Guard soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, are scheduled to return Sunday to Minnesota

"We are very proud of the brigade's accomplishments in supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn" said Army Lt Col Rick T Schute, officer in charge for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division

"Soldiers are flying on commercial, military-chartered flights and are scheduled to arrive at the St Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing," said Schute  "Buses will carry the soldiers along four different routes with stops at various armories throughout the state  This is the first of many groups returning over the next three weeks"

"We welcome and encourage the public to attend these initial reunions," said Schute  "It means a lot to soldiers and their families when they see the community gather to welcome them home"

Editors:
Members of the media and public are invited to attend the initial reunions at the armories for these soldiers   Flights are scheduled to arrive Sunday morning, April 15  All times are subject to change and arrival times at armories are estimates 

BUS ROUTE #1

Pine City Armory
1045 Main St S
Pine City, Minn 55063

11 am

Cloquet Armory
801 Highway 33 S
Cloquet, Minn 55720

12:15 am

Duluth Armory
4015 Airpark Blvd
Duluth, Minn 55811

1 pm

BUS ROUTE #2

Anoka Armory
408 E Main St
Anoka, Minn 55303

10:20 am

St Cloud Armory
1710 Veterans Drive
St Cloud, Minn 56303

11:45 pm

Brainerd Armory
1115 Wright St
Brainerd, Minn 56401

1:20 pm

BUS ROUTE #3

Hutchinson Armory
1200 Adams St SE
Hutchinson, Minn 55350

12 pm

Redwood Falls Armory
530 Highway 101
Redwood Falls, Minn 56283

1:15 pm

BUS ROUTE #4

Bloomington Armory
3300 W 98th St
Bloomington, Minn 55431

9:10 am

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmnpublicaffairs@ngarmymil or call 651-282-4410

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