Homecoming Ceremony Planned for Returning Soldiers

Guard spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood said Wednesday about 1,100 military federal technicians – many on dual status with the state guard and the federal Department of Defense – will be required to take 11 unpaid furlough days.

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By Rachel Begle

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - The public is invited to attend a homecoming ceremony for an Ottumwa-based Iowa Army National Guard unit that has been serving in Afghanistan.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evans Middle School gym in Ottumwa.

They'll mark the return of soldiers mobilized from the 833rd Engineer Company with a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs, constructing protective positions and other duties.

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