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National Guard Soldiers Return from Kuwait in Time for Holidays

More southeastern Wisconsin soldiers have made it home safely and in time for the holidays.

The final group of Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation returned to Milwaukee at about 10 a.m. Sunday. The six who arrived at Mitchell International Airport were among about 30 soldiers who have returned in recent days following a seven-month mobilization to Kuwait.

The unit, which is headquartered in West Bend, began returning to Milwaukee on a series of flights beginning Thursday. The soldiers came back to Wisconsin after completing demobilization requirements at Fort Hood, Texas.

One last soldier, the commander, is scheduled to return to the United States on Monday. He will arrive in Texas but is expected to be back in Wisconsin before Christmas.

The unit, which flies Black Hawk helicopters, provided air medevac assets and maintenance support for American personnel operating in the region. It accrued more than 1,200 flight hours during the deployment and responded to 14 medevac missions.

The unit also supported ground maintenance efforts in Kuwait and Iraq and trained hundreds of service members on aeromedical evacuation operations.

The Milwaukee-based 128th Air Refueling Wing is still deployed supporting air refueling operations over the Middle East. The Wisconsin National Guard soldiers with Detachment 1, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division Multi-Component Unit are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East in early 2016.

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