BOISE -- About 60 Idaho Army National Guard Citizen Soldiers will return to Idaho over the weekend. They are from Company A 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion.

Last weekend, these soldiers returned to the U.S. from a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While overseas, they operated eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the unit. Their mission on this deployment was to transport personnel and equipment throughout the Afghanistan combat operations area.

Since last Saturday night, the soldiers have been at Ft. Hood, TX, where they have undergone a comprehensive out-processing procedure. Most will now return to the Boise area this weekend on several commercial aircraft.

The first flight, with 10 soldiers, arrived in Boise Saturday night. The rest of the soldiers leaving Ft. Hood this weekend will return on several other flights later Saturday night and on Sunday, Feb. 17.

This Idaho Army National Guard unit previously deployed to Southwest Asia in 2000-2001 and 2007-2008, to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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