April 16, 2012 05:52 PM
Minnesota families welcomed home more than 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard Sunday, the first wave of troops to arrive back in the state after a nearly year-long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was the only media with the Red Bulls in Mississippi this weekend as they prepared to leave for the Twin Cities.
WATCH OUR COVERAGE:
Sat, April 14, 2012 at 6p: Minnesota Welcome Center Greets Red Bulls at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. (story in video player above)
Sat, April 14, 2012 at 10p: Red Bulls Prepare for Reunion with Excitement, Joy, and Anxiousness
Sun, April 15, 2012 at 6a: Red Bulls Pack Up, Load Trucks for Trip to the Airport.
Sun, April 15, 2012 at 6:30a: LIVE: Red Bulls Loading Onto Charter Flight in Mississippi for Flight to Twin Cities
Sun, April 15, 2012 at 5:30p: Long Deployment Ends, Homecomings Begin Across Minnesota.
Sun, April 15, 2012 at 10p: Team coverage from the Twin Cities to Mississippi on the first night back in Minnesota for 215 Red Bulls
The 215 members of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul Sunday morning. From there, the troops traveled by bus to nine armories across the state.
The returning soldiers came from Camp Shelby in Mississippi, where they've been going through demobilization this week. They are the first wave of Red Bulls to return from deployment in Kuwait, with many groups to follow over the next three weeks.
5 EYEWITNESS News Reporter Mark Albert is the only reporter to go with the Red Bulls before, during, and after their deployment. Mark has been live in Mississippi, as well as posting on Twitter at @malbertkstp.
Mark Albert and photojournalist Chris Hansen spent much of September with troops in Kuwait for the award-winning 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS series, "Leading the Way Home."
Updated: April 16, 2012 05:52 PM
Created: April 14, 2012 01:55 PM
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