National Guard members from Alexandria area to return home Saturday, July 31

They're returning from artillery mission in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar weapon system is test fired on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2018. The C-RAM will be used as a response to indirect fire attacks on the base. U.S. Air Forces Central Command realigned airpower to USFOR-A Combined-Joint Area of Operations (CJOA) to support increased operations in support of the Resolute Support Mission and Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

Approximately 65 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s C Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment, headquartered in Alexandria, will be returning to Minnesota Saturday, July 31 after a year-long deployment with personnel stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve.

The soldiers provided security in support of critical military infrastructure and personnel through the use of the Land Based Phalanx Weapon System (LPWS) which intercepted enemy rocket, artillery, and mortar attacks.

“I cannot thank the soldiers enough for their dedication and hard work throughout the deployment. Their professionalism and stellar performance left a lasting mark on our counterparts at all locations and continued the exemplary legacy of the Red Bull Division.” Said Capt. Tom Bowers, C Battery Commander.

The Alexandria based unit has soldiers from more than 60 Minnesota communities.

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 58 communities across the state. The citizen soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are "always ready" to fight the nation’s wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities.


For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit .

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