July 30, 2005

Army Guard Soldiers return to Virginia from Afghanistan

Virginia National Guard Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, 229th Engineer Battalion, and HHC, 29th Infantry Division were welcomed home at their armories across the state by family, friends and community after serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Approximately 570 Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry entered active federal service on March 1, 2004 and deployed to their mobilization station, Ft. Bragg, N. C. where they completed preparation for deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Soldiers from the 229th Engineer Battalion and Headquarters Company, 29th Infantry Division (Light) were ordered to active federal service shortly thereafter and deployed to Afghanistan with their fellow Virginians where they were stationed in Bagram and Ghazni. These Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers returned to Ft. Bragg on July 16, 2005 where they completed administrative processing before being release from active federal service. Click on a link below to see photos from their homecoming events:               

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