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Local Guards returning home soon

The National Guard Battery is preparing to return home soon. They are currently in the process of training their replacements in Kuwait and hopefully will be home before Easter Sunday.

The 105 soldiers from the Morris and Ortonville areas comprising the Charlie Battery were among 560 151st soldiers headquartered at Camp Virginia in Kuwait.

They left the area about one year ago to carry out convoy security missions in Iraq. They are scheduled to end their year-long deployment in early April.

Their replacements, a Florida National Guard unit, have been in-country long enough to be answering the phones. The Morris-area soldiers are feeling good about helping them, just like the Guardsmen from Hawaii helped them get ready for their mission about a year ago.

The soldiers heaped praise on the Family Readiness Groups and Readiness Officers back home for all they did.

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