Nearly 200 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers Return To US From Afghanistan

The final wave of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers who were deployed in Afghanistan, were able to go back home after their mandatory two-week quarantine in the U.S.

About 200 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry returned home Friday after a year-long mobilization.

A traditional homecoming ceremony was not possible due to the Coronavirus restrictions, so a group of senior leaders from the Wisconsin National Guard greeted the soldiers when their plane landed in Eau Claire.

Hundreds of people had gathered for the event.

“You have all become American heroes and are part of something special,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Freund, commander of the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment.

The 128th Infantry had been serving as Guardian Angels since July 2019.

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