|Last of 278th’s Guard unit arrives home |
|Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:59 pm |
|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.