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Troops welcomed home from Ukraine

Oklahoma Army National Guardsman, Spc. David Riter, member of Echo Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, proposes to his girlfriend during a homecoming ceremony held at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., July 11, 2017, after a six-month deployment to Ukraine.

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By THE OKLAHOMAN, OKLAHOMA CITY Published: July 13, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (Tribune News Service) — Oklahoma National Guard soldiers returned home Tuesday after a six-month deployment to Ukraine.

Members of the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, were welcomed at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman.

Their mission was part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, an international program designed to boost the country's military capability and bring stability to the region.

The Brigade combat team's 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment replaced the 179th this summer for a six-month tour in Ukraine.

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The first wave of more than 70 Oklahoma Army National Guard members from 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team return to their loved ones during a homecoming ceremony in Norman, Okla., July 11, 2017, after a six-month deployment to Ukraine.
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