350 Members of National Guard Aviation Unit Coming Home

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - After a year in Iraq, soldiers assigned to a National Guard aviation unit are scheduled to return to Alabama this weekend and early next week.

350 members of 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment will arrive at Fort Benning, Georgia, Saturday and Tuesday.

The unit is assigned Blackhawk helicopters and has companies in Mobile and Montgomery.

According to a Guard spokesman, 185 soldiers are due to arrive at Lawson Army Field tomorrow at approximately 12:15 p.m. Central time. The remaining GI's will arrive at the Army post on Tuesday morning at about 12:15 a.m.

Brief Welcome Home ceremonies are planned for each group.

The unit's primary mission was to transport troops around Iraq. The Regiment flew more than 20 thousand combat hours.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Carol Location: Dothan on Aug 17, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    My husband,CW4 Michael D. Goodman, is one of the BlackHawk pilots arriving Sat. at Ft. Benning. He spent 4 additional months in Texas and Oklahoma training before spending a year in Iraq. So actually the 1-131st has been on active duty for 16 months. Thank you for reporting their homecoming. Each soldier is a hero to his/her family. This is the first time that the entire group that was deployed together was all National Guard and not combined with any active army. Thanks again for remembering them!
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