National Guard members return home following year-long deployment

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Members of a Vermont Army National Guard air ambulance unit are back in the United States after a year in the U.S. Central Command area of operations in the Middle East.

The soldiers from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment left Vermont about a year ago.

They will be returning to Vermont after completing the demobilization process.

The unit went overseas with about 60 members and six Black Hawk helicopters to perform medical evacuations as part of Operation Spartan Shield.

“We are happy to have our Soldiers home and are immensely proud of the work they did while deployed,” said Brig. Gen. Gregory Knight, the adjutant general, Vermont National Guard. “They represent the best Vermont has to offer and exemplified that through their performance overseas.”

A welcome home ceremony is planned for once all members have returned to Vermont.

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