|Guard troops make their way home |
|Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:04 pm |
|Nashville – The Tennessee National Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna is going to get even busier this week with the return of almost 700 soldiers of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. |
They represent National Guard units from 10 Tennessee cities.
More than 1,000 Guardsmen from the 278th ACR have returned from Iraq since mid-June.
The Knoxville-based regiment of approximately 3,400 is coming home six months earlier than expected, and all of its units are scheduled to be back in Tennessee by the end of August.
Scheduled to arrive by C-130 aircraft (today) Tuesday, are units from Newport, Kingsport and Covington.
Newport and Kingsport are due to land at the Guard training site at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Covington is scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m.
Units from Springfield, Clarksville, Henderson and Crossville will reach Tennessee Wednesday.
Springfield and Clarksville are due to roll in to Smyrna on buses at approximately 1 p.m.
Henderson and Crossville will be combined aboard C-130 aircraft, with the first plane due to land at 11 a.m. and the second, at 2:30 p.m.
Knoxville, New Tazewell, and Lobelville units are to arrive in Smyrna Friday, but no arrival times have yet been released.
At present, the Tennessee Guardsmen are undergoing out-processing at Camp Shelby, Miss.
It will be completed at Smyrna, after which soldiers will be transported by bus to their respective hometown armories.
National Guard officials emphasize that all times are subject to change and that in recent weeks, returning units have reached Smyrna from 30 minutes to one hour earlier than expected.