Ceremony planned for Saturday to officially welcome home 31 Minnesota National Guard soldiers

July 12, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Approximately 31 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company Casualty Liaison Team 2 and 147th Finance Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group recently returned from deployments overseas.

The soldiers will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Arden Hills Army Training Site, 4761 Hamline Ave N Arden Hills, Minnesota, 55112.

The soldiers returned after nine-month deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Spartan Shield.

While deployed to Afghanistan, six soldiers in the Casualty Liaison Team had duties to include tracking all patients through the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram and the NATO Role III Medical Multinational Unit Hospital in Kandahar.  Their efforts directly enabled medical personnel to safely conduct their duties and save patient lives by mitigating possible terroristic threats to personnel and the facilities.  These six soldiers returned to Minnesota in early July. The July 13th event will be the first time the soldiers are back together as a unit to participate in a reintegration event.

Meanwhile, the 25 Soldiers deployed with the 147 Financial Management Support Detachment (FMSD) were located in five different locations across the Middle East where they provided financial support to over 20,000 personnel. These soldiers returned to Minnesota in April.

Media Contact:

Media members are invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremony. Interested media should contact the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at 651-282-4410.

About the Minnesota National Guard:

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 61 communities across the state. The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are ‘Always Ready’ to fight the nation’s wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit https://MinnesotaNationalGuard.ng.mil.