More Heroes Return from Deployment

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As members of the Illinois National Guard's 1644th Transportation Company made their way this afternoon into the main gymnasium of the Rock Falls Armory, the crowd burst into applause. It was a fitting response for the unit, nicknamed Rolling Thunder. The company left July 4 for a 12-month deployment; it was stationed in Kuwait and performed transportation missions in Iraq. After a brief welcoming ceremony, the men and women were officially released to their families. Among the returning soldiers was Kyle Hacker, who had surprised his daughter at school with a visit in December.

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