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National Guard to honor deployed citizen-soldiers Sunday

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on April 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm with No Comments »
April 13, 2012 3:21 pm

The Washington Army National Guard will officially thank about 180 citizen-soldiers who put their lives on hold for a year to support Operation Enduring Freedom during a ceremony Sunday, April 15.

The Freedom Salute ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The citizen-soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation, known as the Raptor Battalion, who returned home in February from Kuwait. The battalion flies and maintains UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

The battalion deployed to Iraq from May 2007 to May 2008.

The ceremony is part of a National Guard campaign to publicly acknowledge citizen-soldiers and their families who have served in support of homeland defense and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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