330 Guard soldiers return from Iraq Friday

Published 9:01 pm Thursday, December 11, 2008

By Staff
LANSING – Friends and family will gather at Resurrection Life Church, 5100 Ivanrest SW, in Grandville, for a 2 p.m. ceremony to welcome home approximately 330 soldiers following an 11-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Michigan National Guard soldiers are assigned to four different 126th Cavalry Squadron troops and one forward support company based in Wyoming, Cadillac, Manistee and Dowagiac.
The soldiers left Michigan in January after a sendoff at Dowagiac Union High School for mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas. They arrived in Kuwait in April and provided convoy security and security force protection missions between locations in Kuwait and Iraq.
Today, approximately 1,700 Michigan National Guard soldiers and airmen are deployed across the globe in support of the global war on terrorism; however, as the Michigan Guard serves the nation abroad, more than 85 percent of the force remains available, trained and ready to respond to a state emergency, including a terrorist event.