Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud aviators

June 27, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – More than 50 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, June 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center.

The soldiers returned to Minnesota in early May after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The June 29 event will be the first time the soldiers are back together as a unit to participate in a reintegration event.

While deployed, the soldiers provided aerial medical evacuation support in the area of operations, supporting all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense. The unit flies the UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter which is specially equipped for its medical evacuation mission.

Media members are invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremony at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN. Interested media should contact the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at 651-282-4410 or mn.ng.web@mail.mil.

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 committees. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit http://MinnesotaNationalGuard.ng.mil.