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Last CT Army National Guard Unit serving overseas to return home

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The last Connecticut Army National Guard Unit serving overseas is returning home.

Sixty-five soldiers assigned to the 1109th Theatre Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group will be coming back to the National Guard's Readiness Center in Windsor Locks.

Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, adjunct general and commander of the Connecticut National Guard, announced their return.

The group is commanded by Col. Vincent Vannoorbeeck of Prospect.

"We take great pride in the excellent work Col. Vannoorbeeck and his soldiers did throughout this deployment," Martin said. "The fact that their
return means we have every unit home, even if for just a short period of time, is a great feeling."

Martin said the group spent nearly a year. Some members spent time in Kuwait while others were in Afghanistan.

They performed maintenance in support of NATO's Resolute Support Mission.

The soldiers be reunited with their families between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Their return marks only the second time since the 2003 start of Operation Iraqi Freedom that all Connecticut Army National Guard units will be on U.S. soil.

The Connecticut Air National Guard is expected to deploy nearly 400 Airmen to the Middle East later this year.

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