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Troops home from Iraq & other reasons to give thanks on Thanksgiving

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Guard members home in time for Thanksgiving
Conrad Wilson – (Minnesota Public Radio) – St. Cloud, Minn. – November 24, 2011 – Hugs and smiles reunited family members and friends inside a large military hanger at the St. Cloud airport as 70 members of the Minnesota National Guard returned home from nine months duty in Iraq.

Home in time for Thanksgiving, Nathan Skolicki is a Chinook helicopter mechanic returning from his second deployment.

“It’s great to be home, be home with my wife and family. Of course being gone for a year, it’s nice to be home,” Skolicki said.

Last month, President Obama ordered the US military out of Iraq by the end of the year.

Guard members were assisting with the military’s drawdown from Iraq. The unit flew 800 missions, moving nearly 50,000 people and more than 7 million pounds of cargo from locations in Iraq to Kuwait.

Helicopter pilot Paul Adamson said the unit closed down several small bases. (Click HERE for article)

Troops make it home from Iraq in time for Thanksgiving
Iraq troop returns begin with Thanksgiving eve arrival
(The Leaf Chronicle) – November 24, 2011 – The crowd was small, but the joy was oversized as 50 troops of the 305th Quartermaster Company, 101st Sustainment Brigade, arrived back at Fort Campbell from Iraq on Wednesday night.

The soldiers were the first to return to post as part of the redeployment of American forces from Iraq, following President Barack Obama’s decision on Oct. 21 to end American military involvement in that nation.

For the families at Campbell Army Airfield’s Hangar 3, the news last month of the President’s announcement that the troops would be home by Christmas was stunning enough. That these particular soldiers would be home in time for Thanksgiving was something many would not even have dared dream about. (Click HERE for article)

Winder guard unit returns in time for Thanksgiving
Merritt Melancon – (Athens Banner-Herald) – November 24, 2011 – It’s been a year since the crewmen and pilots of the Winder-based detachment of the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with their families.

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  1. Comment by Ron:

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