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Minnesota National Guard prepares for ninth wave of returning 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3

ST PAUL, Minn - More than 220 soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division are scheduled to return Friday

"The ninth wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers are scheduled to arrive Friday morning and afternoon," said Army Lt Col Rick T Schute, officer in charge for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division

“We are very proud of the brigade's accomplishments in supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn," said Schute

"Please join us at the armories to welcome these groups home," said Schute

Editors:

Members of the media and public are invited to attend the initial reunions at the armories for these soldiers   All times are subject to change and arrival times at armories are estimates 
The following buses are scheduled for Friday, May 4:

BUS ROUTE #1
Brooklyn Park Armory
5500 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Minn 55443

11 am

Anoka Armory
408 E Main St
Anoka, Minn 55303

11:30 am

St Cloud Armory
1710 Veterans Drive
St Cloud, Minn 56303

12:50 pm

BUS ROUTE #2
Owatonna Armory
2323 W Bridge St
Owatonna, Minn 55060

11:30 am

Albert Lea Armory
410 Prospect Ave
Albert Lea, Minn 56007

12:20 pm

Austin Armory
800 21st St NE
Austin, Minn 55912

1 pm

BUS ROUTE #3
Rochester Armory
1715 Marion Road SE
Rochester, Minn 55904

12 pm

Winona Armory
1303 Homer Road
Winona, Minn 55987

12:25 pm

BUS ROUTE #4
Mankato Armory
100 Martin Luther King Drive
Mankato, Minn 56001

5 pm

BUS ROUTE #5 
West St Paul Armory
1346 Robert St S
West St Paul, Minn 55118

5:45 pm

BUS ROUTE #6
Bloomington Armory
3300 W 98th St
Bloomington, Minn 55431

5:40 pm

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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