National Guard

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A Kalamazoo-area Michigan National Guard unit is returning home after ten months in Afghanistan. More than 90 soldiers in the 1433rd Engineer Company are based in Augusta. They and members of two other units from Iron Mountain and Kingsford were in Afghanistan for what Guard officials call “route clearance missions”.

One of the unit’s soldiers died and four others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded last August.

A welcome home ceremony for the Augusta unit will be held Thursday, March 28th, at 4 p.m. in Western Michigan University’s Read Fieldhouse.

The state Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs says more than 700 Michigan National Guard members are currently deployed around the world.