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National Guard troops return home after deployment

Posted January 10, 2010

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— The first of nearly 4,000 soldiers of the North Carolina Army National Guard's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team returned home Sunday after a nine month deployment to Iraq.

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This first group of soldiers met family members at National Guard armories in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Durham.

Outside the Durham armory, Sgt. Ida Wangler was greeted by her Rockingham County family.

“It's hard for everybody. You're away from your family and it's like when you get over there, your life is put on hold,”  Wangler said.

"It feels so good," Reba Wilson, Wangler's mother, said of having her daughter home.

The 30th started combat training for Iraq in December of last year and went on federal active duty in February, then deployed to Iraq in April.

"You never know when it's going to happen. It's just one of those things. It's a shock,” Pfc. Richard Simmons said of being in combat.

During their deployment the 30th conducted a wide range of missions from training Iraqi police and Army forces, to assisting in civil projects like schools and infrastructure improvements, and participating in joint combat operations with Iraqi Security Forces.

The 30th suffered 29 wounded and seven killed in action, five of those were N.C. National Guard soldiers.


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  • thedezsos1 Jan 12, 2010

    Welcome home!!!! Thank you for your service.

  • Princess conseula Banana Hammock Jan 11, 2010

    I am so excited...I hope my boyfriend and his brother are with the next group also...
    keeping fingers crossed.

  • just my2cents Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome home heroes......I pray that your adjustment will be smooth and swift. My 15Romeo will be home in April....and time can not go by fast enough.

  • Just the facts mam Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome home!

  • jrfergerson Jan 11, 2010

    Thank the Lord for keeping you all safe during the time your were away and commend each of you for your dedication to the protection of the borders of the USA

  • Carolina Parrothead Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome home! Thanks to each of you and all of your families for the sacrifices you have made.

  • Legio VI Jan 11, 2010

    THANK YOU for your service to our country!!! Welcome home!!!

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  • Glomae Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome home! Thank you seems like such a small thing to say for such a deep depth of gratitude for your service!

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome Home! Thank you for the service you do. God Bless each and everyone of you.