Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud Soldiers

May 31, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – Approximately 160 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 851st Vertical Engineer Company will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, June 1, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center.

The soldiers returned to St. Cloud, March 12, after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The June 1 event will be the first time the soldiers are back together as a unit to participate in a reintegration event.

While deployed, the soldiers completed construction projects in support of military units in several countries to include Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. The unit primarily focused on general construction projects to improve living and working facilities, as well as force protection at military bases in the Central Command area of operations.

Media members are invited to attend the Welcome Home ceremony at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 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.

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