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150 Mid-Michigan National Guard soldiers set to return home

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Following a nine-month tour of duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, more than 150 Michigan Army National Guard soldiers from the Owosso-based, 144th Military Police Company are set to return home.

The unit is composed of soldiers from hometowns throughout Michigan. The homecoming ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at Owosso High School, 765 E North St., in Owosso.

According to a news release, while mobilized to Afghanistan, the 144th Soldiers performed various duties at separate locations. Some soldiers supported perimeter security for coalition bases, conducting vehicle and personnel scanning operations to ensure base defense operations.

A platoon of soldiers served as police advisors to 18 separate police districts within their area of operation. These soldiers conducted five training missions and trained more than 1,400 Afghan policemen. A squad of soldiers conducted Joint Visitor Bureau operations for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan to provide personnel security for four-star generals and other visitors and senior DoD officials.

Eleven 144th soldiers were award the Bronze Star Medal, five Soldiers received the Combat Action Medal, and one soldier was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The unit was under the command of Capt. John Vandusen.

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