Connecticut National Guard Unit Returning from Afghanistan

Soldiers from the Connecticut Guard’s 143rd Regional Support Group relay information about a simulated IED to their squad leader during a patrol at Stones Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme, Connecticut. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Boffen)
Soldiers from the Connecticut Guard’s 143rd Regional Support Group relay information about a simulated IED to their squad leader during a patrol at Stones Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme, Connecticut. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Boffen)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. -- A Connecticut National Guard unit is returning home following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

More than 30 soldiers from the 143rd Regional Support Group were scheduled to be reunited with their families on Wednesday at the National Guard's Windsor Locks Army Aviation Readiness Center.

The soldiers left Connecticut in March for Fort Hood in Texas for additional training. They later deployed to Afghanistan to support NATO's Resolute Support mission.

A National Guard unit typically has 18 to 24 months to prepare for mission, but there was an immediate need for the 143rd Regional Support Group and they had only a few weeks to prepare.

The unit is based in Middletown and commanded by Col. John Wiltse, of Berlin.

Currently, there are still more than 200 Connecticut National Guardsmen deployed around the world.

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