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Troops Homecoming

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By Kate Darnell

Four hundred soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion, Kentucky Army National Guard, including the Cynthiana unit, will return home this evening.

A ceremony welcoming the troops back home will be held at Boyd County Middle School at 5 p.m. in Ashland, Ky.

The 201st Engineer Battalion departed for Afghanistan in March 2008, with their primary mission being route clearance and construction, removing obstacles and ensuring main supply routes remain open.

 “No matter what you did in Afghanistan, or where you did it, the 201st always went in first,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky. “They were a well-known commodity there and everyone knew the 201st and the nature of their job.”

This is the second time the 201st has deployed in the Global War on Terror.

Members of the 201st were activated in 2003 for Operation Noble Eagle, a stateside deployment to provide security at military bases around the United States.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 10,000 members of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard have deployed worldwide in the Global War on Terror.

The troops’ homecoming will be featured in next week’s edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.