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FORT LEWIS, Wash. â€” After nine months in Iraq, the first wave of Idaho soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team arrived back in the U.S. Sunday. About 300 soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon flew on chartered aircraft from Kuwait to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash.
A second group of guardsmen were expected to arrive Monday night, Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard said.
Deployed Army National Guardsmen of the 116th CBCT include about 2,700 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, with about 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Montana and 600 from Oregon.
They are arriving in groups of 200-300 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash. Out-processing there is expected to take about 10 days. From there, they will be released from active duty and will return home.