By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - Approximately 85 Upper Peninsula soldiers from the 1432nd Engineering Co. will return home from a tour of duty overseas next week.
Some 85 Upper Peninsula soldiers from the 1432nd Engineering Co. will return home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan next week, National Guard officials announced.
The soldiers departed from Kingsford on May 4 of last year and consolidated with the 1433rd Engineering Co. of Kalamazoo to make a 180-person Route Clearance Company.
They then spent three to four weeks in Fort Bliss for additional training prior to departing to Afghanistan where they were stationed at Forward Operating Base Pasab and Kandahar Air Field.
Sgt. Jeffrey Gibson of the 1432nd Engineering Co. Readiness said the soldiers primary mission was route clearance in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A welcome home ceremony is planned for Thursday, March 28, at Kingsford High School. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Situations beyond the Readiness Co.'s control may require the date and/or time to be adjusted. A correction will be announced if any changes happen.
The route of the buses, escorted by the Patriot Guard Ride Team and local law enforcement will be U.S. 2 to H Street to Carpenter to the Kingsford High School.
Area residents are encouraged to line the roads to help welcome the heroes home.
The 1432nd soldiers, their families, and the Michigan Army National Guard, thank all the service organizations, and the general public for their support during this deployment.
Lisa M. Reed's e-mail address is email@example.com.