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Ntl Guard welcomes back 110 soldiers

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More than 110 soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard's 514th Military Police Company, based in Winterville, N.C., hosted a demobilization ceremony at the Hilton-Greenville, located at 207 Greenville Blvd., S.W., in Greenville, N.C., August 3.

The soldiers returned to Greenville in May, where they were welcomed home by families and loved ones.

During the unit's year-long mission in Afghanistan, they served as advisors to the Afghan Police and conducted convoy security operations in order to support logistical supply movements.

The 514th MPs also provided advisory assistance to Afghan Uniformed Police for more than 300 missions. Additionally, the unit conducted six convoy escort missions, transporting 365 personnel, hauling 345 pieces of cargo and traveling a total of more than 10,000 miles.

The unit received more than 130 awards collectively for their service. Unfortunately three soldiers were killed earlier in the unit's tour in October 2012. Army Sergeants Thomas Butler, Jeremy Hardison and Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson were killed in an attack from a suicide bomber.

"We are certainly thankful and sorry for their loss. but again these individuals served their country with bravery and courage and volunteered to serve away at war and that's just such an awesome commitment that they made." Brigadier General Tony Mcmillan.

The 514th MPs deployed previously in 1996 in support of Operation Joint Endeavor in Germany. The unit also served in support of Operation Noble Eagle II and again in 2004 in support of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.

Information provided by: North carolina National Guard PAO

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