NEWS | May 8, 2008

More than 1,300 Virginia Guard Soldiers return to Virginia after serving for months in Iraq

Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office

With the scheduled return of E Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion to Roanoke May 13, 2008, more than 1,300 Virginia National  Guard Soldiers have returned home in a 20-day period starting April 24. Approximately 400 Soldiers from the Tidewater area returned home on May 8 and 10 after having served in Iraq and Kuwait since September  2007. The Soldiers are assigned to the Portsmouth-based Headquarters Troop, the Norfolk-based A Troop, the Suffolk-based Troop B and the Virginia Beach-based C Troop.

About 780 Soldiers from the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned to their home armories in late April and early May after serving in Iraq and Kuwait since September 2007. Approximately 125 Soldiers from the Fredericksburg-based F Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion returned home May 7, and on May 8 approximately 125 Soldiers from the Fredericksburg-based D Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and approximately 80 Soldiers from the Winchester-based Headquarters Company returned home. The first wave of Soldiers from 3rd Battalion returned to their home armories of Charlottesville, Leesburg and Woodstock in late April. About 150 Soldiers were assigned to each company.

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