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114th Transportation Company Welcome Home Ceremony

Minnesota National Guard CHISHOLM, Minn- The Minnesota National Guard's Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company is scheduled to hold their 30-day reintegration event and welcome home ceremony Saturday at Chisholm High School after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan

"A priority of the Minnesota National Guard is to improve the wellness and resiliency of service members and their family members," said Army Capt Ryan R Koester, 114th Transportation Company Commander

"This will be the first of three reintegration events which provides an overview of the many resources and benefits available to soldiers and their families," said Koester "Soldiers and their families are able to select the workshops that pertain to their family dynamic"

"We invite the community to attend our welcome home ceremony as our guests," said Koester "We appreciate the support the community has provided for the 114 Transportation Company while at home and abroad"

Members of the media and general public are invited to attend the welcome home ceremony Saturday, Oct 25 at 2 pm at the Chisholm High School, 301 4th St SW, Chisholm, Minn Members of the media are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony

The ceremony will feature a tribute to Spc George Cauley who died from wounds received during an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2009 In honor & remembrance for Cauley the recreation center at Camp Leather Neck was been known as Cauley's Corner and was identified with a large wooden sign which hung over the MWR's entrance With Camp Leather Neck closing Minn soldiers who were a part of the unit's deployment in 2009 and this recent deployment have taken the sign down, shipped it back home, and are scheduled to present the sign to Cauley's parents, residents of Brainerd, during the ceremony

For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Training, visit http://wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg/training

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 612-867-2382 or 651-282-4410

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