Ripon troops returning soon

National Guard soldiers train in Texas in March 2009 to prepare for their Iraq deployment.

Ripon-area National Guard troops are expected to return to Wisconsin sometime this month after being stationed in Iraq for most of 2009.

The local soldiers are among more than 3,000 troops from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and six other Wisconsin Army National Guard units that departed for Iraq in spring 2009 after training in Texas. It was the largest operational deployment of Wisconsin National Guard forces since World War II.

Now, they’re coming home, with staggered arrivals planned throughout this month at Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wis.

More than 100 soldiers, mostly from a Fort Atkinson-based unit, returned Tuesday, and were expected to be welcomed by Gov. Jim Doyle.

Soldiers from Ripon’s Co. A, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry are expected to fly into Volk Field mid-month. A specific date was unavailable.

Read the full story in the Jan. 7, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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