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Minnesota National Guard
700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Return Home

July 15, 2007
For Immediate Release

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

Minnesota National Guard Units Begin Returning Home

Over 700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division " The "Red Bulls" -- are expected to return to Minnesota over the next week

The 2,600 Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team have been deployed 22 months, 16 months of which were in a combat zone The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division has been deployed in a combat zone longer than any other military unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom

The Minnesota Soldiers have completed their out-processing and demobilization at Ft McCoy, Wisconsin and will travel by motor coach to armories across Minnesota Ten communities will welcome back Soldiers over the course of the week Families were not permitted to visit their Soldiers at Fort McCoy -- this will be the initial reunion between the Soldiers and their families

During these initial returns, Soldiers will disembark from their motor coach, assemble in a military formation, and then be dismissed so that they can reunite with their loved ones Official "welcome home" ceremonies will occur at future dates Check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for the most up-to-date "welcome home" ceremony status

Members of the media are invited to observe the initial reunions as listed below No RSVPs are required Be advised that the bus arrival times are projections --- check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for the most up-to-date return status

Note to Media: Similar troop returns will occur over the next two weeks No further press releases will be sent announcing these initial reunions Check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for the most up-to-date return status

Initial reunions will occur as follows:

Monday, July 16th

- 45 Soldiers from B Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive at approximately 10:00 am at the Brooklyn Park Armory, 5500 85th Street

- 20 Soldiers from B Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive at approximately 12:00 noon at the Camp Ripley Armory, 15000 Hwy 115, Little Falls

- 52 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team will arrive at approximately 12:00 noon at the Bloomington National Guard Armory, 3300 W 98th Street

- 80 Soldiers from C Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive at approximately 12:00 noon at the Cottage Grove Armory, 8180 Belden Blvd

- 8 Soldiers from B Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive at approximately 1:00 pm at the Duluth Armory, 4015 Airport Blvd, Duluth

Tuesday, July 17th

- 33 Soldiers from B Company, 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion will arrive at approximately 9 am at the Inver Grove Heights National Guard Armory, 8076 Babcock Trail

- 10 Soldiers from B Company, 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion will arrive at approximately 2:00 pm at the Moorhead Armory, 1002 15th Avenue North, Moorhead, MN

- 100 Soldiers from A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive by at the Brooklyn Park Armory, 5500 85th Street The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

- 30 Soldiers from A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will arrive at the Camp Ripley Armory, 15000 Hwy 115, Little Falls The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

- 20 Soldiers from A Company, 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion will arrive at the Bloomington Armory, 3300 W 98th St Bloomington The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

- 90 Soldiers from B Battery, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery will arrive at the Fairmont Armory, 700 Fairlakes Ave The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

Thursday, July 19th

- 90 Soldiers from C Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor will arrive at the Sauk Centre Armory, 628 Sinclair Lewis Ave The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

- 90 Soldiers from E Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry will arrive at the Hutchinson National Guard Armory, 1200 Adams ST SE The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

Friday, July 20th

-140 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 134th Forward Support Battalion will arrive at the Camp Ripley Armory, 15000 Hwy 115, Little Falls The time has not yet been established, check www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for updates

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

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