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Last of 278th’s Guard unit arrives home

Last of 278th’s Guard unit arrives home
Nashville –They came by plane and they came by bus, but by Monday afternoon all units of the National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment were back home on Tennessee soil.
More than 300 Guardsmen from units in Knoxville, Lebanon, Smyrna and Columbia, began arriving at the National Guard Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, with the last scheduled in at 1 p.m. that day.
This wrapped up the return of the regiment with the exception of 15-20 individual soldiers handling administrative issues who are expected to follow the main body within 10 days.
The Tennesseans underwent out-processing at Camp Shelby, Miss. They completed out-processing in Smyrna, and were transported to their respective armories two to three hours after reaching Smyrna.
The regiment’s 3,400 soldiers began returning home from Iraq in mid-June, six months earlier than expected.
They were mobilized in December 2009.
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