National Guard

U.S. Army Capt. Richard Bauman, 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard, delivers the operations brief to Lt. Col. Timothy Schlotterback, commander of the 152nd, during the commander’s update brief at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 7, 2018.

A welcome home ceremony is set for 69 soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the T.F. Riggs High School gymnasium in Pierre.

The Pierre-based unit is returning home after serving on an 11-month deployment in the Middle East. There, they provided mult-ifunctional logistics and support operations for U.S. and coalition forces in the region.

The ceremony is limited to unit soldiers and their immediate family members, as well as South Dakota National Guard leadership, to allow for health and social distancing guidelines. The ceremony will be live streamed for the public via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaNationalGuard.

Planned speakers include Gov. Kristi Noem and Maj. Gen. Jeff Marlette, adjutant general for the South Dakota National Guard.

The 152nd CSSB arrived in the U.S. June 6 and have been undergoing demobilization requirements at Fort Hood, Texas, before returning to South Dakota.

This is the second mobilization for the 152nd CSSB since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The unit first deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013.

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