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ND Guard soldiers returning home from DC duty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- More than 200 North Dakota National Guard soldiers who spent almost a year on a homeland security mission in the Washington, D.C., area are coming home.

The Guard says the soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment are to fly into Grand Forks and Bismarck on Tuesday. They will be coming from Fort Bliss, Texas, after going through the demobilization process.

A formal welcome-home ceremony called a Freedom Salute will be held in about three months.

The 1-188th is the most-deployed unit in the Guard, with portions of the battalion previously serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.