Alabama Guard Unit Prepares to Return Home

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - One-hundred and thirty five soldiers assigned to Mobile-based 690th Chemical Company are coming home after a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

Governor Bob Riley will join soldiers' families and local dignitaries at Friday welcome home ceremony at Fort Whiting Armory on South Broad Street.

A National Guard spokesman in Montgomery said unit conducted security missions for government officials and coalition forces in the Baghdad area.

Members of the 690th already are back on U-S soil. Soldiers are completing necessary paperwork at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for their return to civilian life.

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