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1/34th BCT Soldiers return to Volk Field

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers stepped foot onto American soil Jun 18 at Volk Field in Camp Douglas Wis after an approximately one-and-a-half year deployment to Iraq A plane took them from Kuwait non-stop to Wisconsin

All Minnesota 1/34th Brigade Combat Team troops are expected to be out of Iraq by Aug 1, with the bulk returning to the US in mid- to late-July

The Red Bull Soldiers were traveling with a large contingent from the Nebraska-based 1st Squadron, 167th Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition All of the Soldiers who arrived in the states deployed with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team

As soon as the Soldiers landed, they were greeted by Minnesota and Nebraska National Guard senior leaders Following the moment when the Soldiers stepped off the plane, they went through a short process of turning in the weapons they used in Iraq, and then boarded buses

Before boarding the buses, however, 34th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Rick Erlandson spoke to the Soldiers about what still lies ahead of them

"You're back now," said Erlandson "and we're glad to have you back But now that you've made it home, go slow Give yourself time to get back into things"

Following the general's speech, the Soldiers boarded buses to Ft McCoy, where they began their demobilization process

By Cpl Joe Roos
June 16, 2007
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