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Minnesota National Guard
Charlie Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Initial Reunion is Announced

June 21, 2007

Seventy-three Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's Grand Rapids-based Charlie Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry are exptected to return home at 12:00 pm Saturday, June 23 The unit will return to the IRA Civic Center, 420 N Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Phone: 218-326-2500) via motor coach

Charlie Company arrived at Ft McCoy, Wisc on June 19, 2007, and have been completing their final administrative, supply, and medical requirements prior to returning home to Minnesota

The Soldiers of Charlie Company were mobilized to active duty in October 2005 and deployed March 2006 with 2,600 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division to support Operation Iraqi Freedom In January 2007 their tour was extended by an additional 125 days, making this unit part of the longest-serving military unit in the Global War on Terror, with nearly 16 months in a combat zone, and a total of 22 months deployed

MISSION/ACCOMPLISHMENTS: While in Iraq, the unit was stationed at Logistical Support Area Anaconda north of Baghdad, and was responsible for escorting convoys, securing supply routes, and protecting logistics bases

INITIAL REUNION: Members of the media are invited to cover the initial reunion of the families and Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry on 12:00 pm Saturday, June 23 The unit will return to the IRA Civic Center, 420 N Pokegama Ave , Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Phone: 218-326-2500) via motor coach
NOTE: The exact time is subject to change due to bus schedules and unforeseen delays in the demobilization process Visit this page for the most updated schedule Contact Lt. Col. Kevin Olson for more information on the initial reunion at kevin.olson@us.army.mil; 651-268-8949 (office); 651-775-4392 (cell)

An official "Freedom Salute" Welcome Home Ceremony is being planned for a future date Visit this page again for the latest information Contact Major Patricia Baker for more information on the official welcome home ceremony at patricia.g.baker@us.army.mil or 651-268-8961 (office) or 651-775-5875 (Cell)

REINTEGRATION EVENTS: Members of the media are invited to attend the 30- ; 60-; and 90- day "Beyond The Yellow Ribbon" reintegration seminars for Charlie Company, 2-136th Combined Arms Battalion The 30-day gathering will be at Moorhead State University on Saturday, September 29; the 60-day event will be at Moorhead State University on Saturday, October 27; and the 90-day event will be held at Camp Ripley the weekend of December 14-16th
To RSVP for a special media availablity session at these events, or for more information on "Beyond The Yellow Ribbon" reintegration program, contact Sgt. 1st Class Rich Kemp at richardekemp@us.army.mil or 651-268-8671 (office) or (651) 775-0632 (Cell)

BROADCAST QUALITY VIDEO: Members of the media can download broadcast quality video via satellite or FTP of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team in Iraq by visiting wwwdvidshubnet For more information, contact Crawford Communication's Britanni White at bwhite@dvidshubnet or (678) 421-6624 (Office)

PHOTOS: Photos of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team in Iraq can be found at the DoD photo contractor Crawford Communications at wwwdvidshubnet; the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division website wwwredbullwebcom; and the Minnesota National Guard's official website www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

MEDIA GUIDE: Download the most current Minnesota National Guard media guide at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org


Lt. Col. Kevin Olson
Minnesota National Guard
Director of Public Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155

Office: 651-268-8949
Cell: 651-775-4392
E-Mail: kevin.olson@us.army.mil

Web: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

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