Army Guard soldiers back in SD after overseas duty

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 17, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D.  — Three South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers are back home after serving nine months in Romania and Bulgaria.

The firefighter soldiers with the Rapid City-based 216th Engineer Detachment returned home Wednesday. They had gone overseas last year to support U.S. and international operations in Europe.

It was the second mobilization since 9/11 for the 216th, which served in Iraq from December 2003 to June 2005.

Homecoming set for returning soldiers in Pierre

The public is invited to attend a welcome home ceremony for 15 soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard.

The soldiers with the Guard's 200th Engineer Company are returning from a nine-month deployment to Syria. The unit is based in Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge.

The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the T.F. Riggs High School Theater in Pierre. Speakers include Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Pierre Mayor Steve Harding and South Dakota National Guard adjutant general Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch.

While deployed, the soldiers repaired bridges throughout the region to ensure free movement for U.S. military and coalition forces.

The soldiers are completing demobilization requirements at Fort Bliss, Texas, before returning to South Dakota.

This is the third deployment for the unit since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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