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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