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Another 81st arrival expected Saturday

Post by Scott Fontaine on July 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
July 30, 2009 2:37 pm

Another 250 members of the 81st Brigade Combat Team are coming home Saturday.

The homecoming ceremony will follow the routine of Wednesday’s homecoming, the first for the 3,500 Washington National Guard unit. A charter plane will land at McChord Air Force Base, and a homecoming ceremony in Wilson Gym at North Fort Lewis will follow.

Additional arrivals to McChord and Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane continue over the next two weeks.

“I am honored to welcome the soldiers home after their long sacrifice and time away from their families,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. “These courageous men and women of the 81st deserve our utmost gratitude for their commitment and service to our state and our country.”

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