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Oklahoma soldiers returning from Iraq, Kuwait

OKLAHOMA CITY -- More than 700 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers began arriving this week in Fort Hood, Texas, after a 10-month deployment to Iraq and Kuwait.A total of 740 soldiers with the Enid-based 45th Fires Brigade, along with some active-duty soldiers and guardsmen from other states, are scheduled to arrive in Texas this week, said Lt. Col. Max Moss, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. The first group of soldiers arrived Wednesday at Fort Hood."We've been blessed that all these soldiers are returning to Oklahoma safe," Moss said. "We're very lucky and grateful, because Iraq is still a very dangerous place."The soldiers are from units based in Anadarko, Enid, Lawton, Duncan, Altus and Weatherford. Moss said they will spend about five days at Fort Hood before returning to Oklahoma.Homecoming ceremonies already are scheduled for noon Monday in Altus at the Altus High School football field and at 1 p.m. in Weatherford at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus. Moss said additional ceremonies will be scheduled as more soldiers return.The soldiers helped run a forward operating base in Iraq and protected forces in the area, Moss said.Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Oklahoma Army National Guard adjutant general, joined Fort Hood officials to greet soldiers as they began arriving Wednesday at Fort Hood."We are tremendously proud of the 45th Fires Brigade and the service they performed in Iraq and Kuwait," Deering said. "I know they are ready to come home and we are ready for them to come home. It's tough being away from family and friends."Over the next 90 days, soldiers will participate in the Guard's Yellow Ribbon integration program that helps soldiers adjust to civilian life."We'll continue to provide them any services they may need as a result of the deployment, any kind of counseling or financial planning advice or anything they might need to reintegrate," Moss said. "Our high level of commitment to our soldiers doesn't ever end after a deployment."Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- More than 700 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers began arriving this week in Fort Hood, Texas, after a 10-month deployment to Iraq and Kuwait.A total of 740 soldiers with the Enid-based 45th Fires Brigade, along with some active-duty soldiers and guardsmen from other states, are scheduled to arrive in Texas this week, said Lt. Col. Max Moss, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. The first group of soldiers arrived Wednesday at Fort Hood."We've been blessed that all these soldiers are returning to Oklahoma safe," Moss said. "We're very lucky and grateful, because Iraq is still a very dangerous place."The soldiers are from units based in Anadarko, Enid, Lawton, Duncan, Altus and Weatherford. Moss said they will spend about five days at Fort Hood before returning to Oklahoma.Homecoming ceremonies already are scheduled for noon Monday in Altus at the Altus High School football field and at 1 p.m. in Weatherford at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus. Moss said additional ceremonies will be scheduled as more soldiers return.The soldiers helped run a forward operating base in Iraq and protected forces in the area, Moss said.Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Oklahoma Army National Guard adjutant general, joined Fort Hood officials to greet soldiers as they began arriving Wednesday at Fort Hood."We are tremendously proud of the 45th Fires Brigade and the service they performed in Iraq and Kuwait," Deering said. "I know they are ready to come home and we are ready for them to come home. It's tough being away from family and friends."Over the next 90 days, soldiers will participate in the Guard's Yellow Ribbon integration program that helps soldiers adjust to civilian life."We'll continue to provide them any services they may need as a result of the deployment, any kind of counseling or financial planning advice or anything they might need to reintegrate," Moss said. "Our high level of commitment to our soldiers doesn't ever end after a deployment."

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