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West Memphis - by Randy Myers, News Assignment Manager

West Memphis to Celebrate Homecoming of National Guard Unit

SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 - Posted at 1:01 p.m. CDT


WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A parade and ceremony tomorrow in West Memphis will celebrate the homecoming of soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 216th Military Police Company.

The 216th ended a 22-month deployment on July 21, giving it the distinction of being the longest deployed Arkansas Army National Guard unit since the Korean War.  The unit mobilized to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in October 2002 for ten months in support of Operation Noble Eagle, and then forward deployed in July 2003 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to guard detainees.  The unit was responsbile for reconnaissance missions, and providing security for prisoner camps.

Saturday's festivities will be kicked off by a 10:30 a.m. parade through downtown West Memphis.  A 'welcome home' ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium at 228 West Polk Street.


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