More local forces return from Iraq

September 10, 2009 8:32:23 PM PDT
Another wave of soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard has returned home.

The Action Cam was at Fort Dix Thursday morning, as some of the 900 men and women of the Pennsylvania National Guard arrived.

The first batch of about 600 arrived around 3 a.m. and another 300 will arrive later today at about 8 p.m. They served with Companies A and B of the 1st of the 111 Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard.

Family and friends were there to give them a proper homecoming.

The guardsmen and women are from units based in Philadelphia and West Chester and had served in Iraq for about a year in an area north of Baghdad including the areas of Abu Ghraib, Taji and Tarmiyah, where they conducted more than 800 combined operations with Iraqi Security Forces.

During the brigade's deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, they captured seven brigade-level, high-value targets, and 80 other targeted individuals, and completed more than $22 million in essential services projects that helped rebuild communities north of Baghdad.