Montana Guard soldiers back in United States from Afghan deployment

2013-03-07T19:25:00Z 2013-03-16T11:26:07Z Montana Guard soldiers back in United States from Afghan deploymentGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Soldiers from the Montana Army National Guard’s 484th Military Police Company are back on American soil after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan and will soon be returning to Montana.

Maj. Tim Crowe, spokesman for the Montana National Guard, said Thursday that 120 soldiers are scheduled to fly in to Billings on a chartered aircraft within the next two weeks. Of those returning, 29 soldiers call Billings home, Crowe said.

“We are very excited to have the Soldiers of the 484th Military Police Company safely back in the U.S. from deployment to Afghanistan,” said the guard's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Matt Quinn, in a news release. “These soldiers have done an outstanding job over the past nine months and we are extremely proud of them.”

He said the Guard’s priority is to return the soldiers to their families and employers in Montana.

The 484th mission, under the command of Capt. Fredrick Terry, has provided support and training to Afghan national police near Kandahar City for Operation Enduring Freedom since the beginning of June.

The soldiers arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Thursday afternoon where they will continue their demobilization process before returning to Billings.

Crowe said the Guard will have an exact date of return scheduled in the coming days.

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