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Virginia National Guard Members Return

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About 160 members of the Virginia National Guard unit are coming home after a nine month deployment in Iraq.

The members of the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company are scheduled to return today. The soldiers arrived at their demobilization station at Fort McCoy, Wis., on Friday for administrative activities to transition from active duty to traditional National Guard status in Virginia.

During their nine-month deployment, the soldiers earned 18 Bronze Stars and 135 Army Commendations. Missions included building or expanding bases used for joint security patrols with Iraqi forces, site preparation for a bridge installation and the reopening of the last stretch of Iraqi Highway One.

Members of the 180th include soldiers from the Richmond area, southwest Virginia, northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley and the Lynchburg area.

Meymo Lyons reports..

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