Nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return home over the next three weeks after serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait over the last year, and some area soldiers are even now back on US soil. More than 2,500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division will be arriving at Camp Shelby, Mississippi over the coming days. The Red Bull brigade has the distinction of having served in the largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War 2, and for supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn. Minnesota soldiers arriving back in the States undergo medical and dental examinations, attend briefings on federal and state benefits, conduct equipment turn-in and complete administrative documentation before being sent home. National Guard officials will not have firm dates and times for the troops arrival at Minnesota armories until approximately 24-48 hours prior to the actual homecoming event, but buses will be coming to 23 armories across the state, including in New Ulm, Redwood Falls, St. Peter, Hutchinson and Mankato.
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