MN Soldiers Arrive Home on Veterans Day

Updated: 11/10/2012 7:00 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Eighteen soldiers in Minnesota's Army National Guard are returning home on Veterans Day after being stationed overseas since last year. The other 27 soldiers from their company are scheduled to return next month.

The soldiers are with the 147th Human Resources Company. They've been stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In December 2011, they assisted with the drawdown of thousands of soldiers who were returning home from Kuwait.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ezra J. Schoenike is the supervisor for the group stationed in Kuwait. He says the soldiers received a number of accolades and commendations for their work.

"The soldiers of the 147th Human Resources Company received numerous accolades and commendations for their hard work, performance and positive attitudes while coming together as a team during our time away from families and friends," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Ezra J. Schoenike, supervisor for the group stationed in Kuwait.

"Our soldiers deployed to multiple areas in both Kuwait and Afghanistan,"
said Schoenike.  "We had the chance to participate in a historic event in assisting with the troop drawdown in December 2011 for thousands of soldiers in their redeployment through Kuwait back to the U.S.

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