published Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Guard unit returns today from Kuwait deployment

IF YOU GO

What: 230th Sustainment Brigade homecoming

When: 4:30 p.m. today

Where: Chattanooga National Guard Armory, 1801 Holtzclaw Ave.

Local soldiers return home today after a 10-month deployment to Kuwait.

Guard spokesman Nate Crawford said 300 of the 1,500 soldiers in the 230th Sustainment Brigade will return today.

Four busloads of the Tennessee Army National Guard's troops depart Camp Shelby, Miss., for Tennessee this morning. Three will roll to Knoxville, Smyrna and Millington.

But local friends and family will be waiting at the Chattanooga National Guard Armory for the bus headed here.

The Chattanooga-based unit left Jan. 8, 2011, for final training before deployment.

The unit led the largest logistical move by the U.S. military since World War II with part of its mission to transport U.S. equipment and personnel out of the southern half of Iraq, according to a Guard release.

This was the brigade's first overseas deployment. The Guard established the unit in 2005 to replace the 196th Field Artillery Brigade, which formally disbanded in 2008, according to Times Free Press archives.

Bethany Miller, wife of Sgt. Chris Miller, said she and other family members visited the soldiers during their post-deployment processing in Mississippi last week.

Miller said the unit got to Camp Shelby on Dec. 28, and most of the soldiers got a day off to celebrate the New Year's holiday.

But Sgt. Miller will get to see his 3-year-old son, Tanner, today.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing my son's face when he sees Daddy," she said.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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