About 170 Washington National Guard soldiers arrived home Tuesday from a yearlong mobilization, during which they hauled cargo to American military bases across Iraq.
The soldiers from the 1161st Transportation Company and the 1041st Transportation Company arrived at Sea-Tac and Spokane airports, where they were met friends and family.
The companies – which formed Task Force 1161st in Iraq – are based in Ephrata and Spokane but have soldiers from across the state. They drove tractor-trailers on long-haul missions, hauling more than 31.4 million pounds of cargo and delivering 71,000 pallets of water.
The soldiers mobilized for federal service …