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First Red Bulls Pack Up for Sunday Return to Minnesota

Minnesota families are preparing to welcome home more than 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard Sunday

WATCH OUR COVERAGE:
Sat, April 14, 2012 at 6p: Minnesota Welcome Center Greets Red Bulls at Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Sat, April 14, 2012 at 10pRed Bulls Prepare for Reunion with Excitement, Joy, and Anxiousness

Sun, April 15, 2012 at 6aRed Bulls Pack Up, Load Trucks for Trip to the Airport

Sun, April 15, 2012 at 5:30p: Red Bulls Board Flight for Minnesota, with Reunions Just Hours Away

The 215 members of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team are scheduled to arrive at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St Paul Sunday morning From there, the troops will travel by bus to armories across the state

The returning soldiers will be coming from Camp Shelby in Mississippi, where they've been going through demobilization this week They are the first wave of Red Bulls to return from deployment in Kuwait, with many groups to follow over the next three weeks

5 EYEWITNESS News Reporter Mark Albert is the only reporter to go with the Red Bulls before, during, and after their deployment Mark is live in Mississippi, as well as posting on Twitter at @malbertkstp

Mark Albert and photojournalist Chris Hansen spent much of September with troops in Kuwait for the award-winning 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS series, "Leading the Way Home" 

Updated: 04/15/2012 7:26 AM
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