Local Troops Return Home from Iraq

Nearly 170 members of the Alabama Army National Guard's 1203rd Engineer Battalion came home Sunday after spending nearly a year in Iraq.

A welcome home ceremony for the unit was held at 6 am at Fort Buntin-Parsons National Guard armory on Third Avenue in Dothan.

The 170 members of the 1203rd Engineer Battalion are among more than 13,300 Alabama Army and Air National Guard members who have mobilized since 9/11.

A large part of the groups job in Iraq was to clear supply routes of IED's or improvised explosive devices, responsible for most American fatalities in Iraq.

Officials say the number of deaths from improvised explosive devices was reduced by 93% while the 1203rd Engineer Battalion was in Iraq.