FORT DIX, NEW JERSEY – (DRG News) Members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 200th Engineer Company arrived in the United States today after being deployed almost a year to Afghanistan. The 200th is headquartered in Pierre, but has detachments in Chamberlain and Mobridge. The 184 members of the unit deployed in May of last year to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. They arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey at around noon Eastern Time today. The group was welcomed by state guard leadership, including the state’s Adjutant General-Major General Timothy Reisch; along with the Guard’s State Command Sergeant Major Larry Zimmerman, 153rd Engineer Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Pat Pardy and State Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darla Crown. Guard officials say a welcome home ceremony is tentatively planned for May 12 in Pierre. The unit’s return to South Dakota depends on how long the demobilization process takes at Fort Dix. Details of the unit’s arrival will be made available to the public prior to the event.
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