More than 300 guard members to return this weekend
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Friday, March 16, 2012
3/16/12 at 2:02 PM
More than 300 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are due to arrive home this weekend in two homecoming ceremonies.
The soldiers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, near 5100 S.W. 54th St., just west of Will Rogers World Airport.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Rita Aragon, Oklahoma secretary for military and veterans affairs, and Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, adjutant general for Oklahoma, are scheduled to greet the soldiers home with hundreds of family and friends.
The event is open to the public.
More than 3,000 soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait last summer and have been coming in steadily in the past few weeks.
About 2,200 soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan and 800 to Kuwait, and all are in various stages of the de-mobilization process or have already arrived home. More than 300 arrived in three groups this week.
Members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team stand in formation during a homecoming reception Tuesday at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City. BRETT DEERING/For the Tulsa World