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Published January 28, 2010, 08:41 AM

Year-long deployment comes to an end

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year-long deployment to Afghanistan comes to an end for 40 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers. The soldier’s first stop was Fort McCoy, Wisconsin to demobilize. Their next stop is home.

Family and friends started gathering here at the reserve center earlier tonight, waiting for the buses with their soldiers to roll in. It's the end of a year long mission to Afghanistan to provide protection for forward operating bases.

These soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment comprise raid three. They mobilized one year ago in January to use the Raid equipment in the war on terror.

Soldiers leave behind Afghanistan for the cold climate of North Dakota, but it is no match for the outpouring of warmth and welcome homes from family and friends alike.

This latest group of soldiers to return home is just a small fraction of the local forces still deployed. Around 800 North Dakota guardsmen are still serving overseas.