Preparations Continue for Celebration to Welcome Home the 200th

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) National Guard officials continue to prepare for the arrival of the guard’s 200th Engineer Company back to central South Dakota following a year of service in Afghanistan. The soldiers will arrive in Sioux Falls from Fort Dix, New Jersey and will then travel to Fort Pierre. The 200th of Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge, deployed with about 180 members in May of last year. They will be transported through Fort Pierre and Pierre, starting at the Stanley County Fairgrounds at 8:45 a.m. to allow for local well wishers to welcome them back. They will be led by local fire and law enforcement units and officials say plans call for two motorcycle clubs, the Patriot Guard and Legion Riders, to also join the parade. The troops will sit on trailers and will be pulled through Fort Pierre on the highway, across the bridge, east on Sioux Avenue to Wells, where the procession will travel north on Jefferson Avenue to Riggs High School. The school will host a Deactivation Ceremony for the troops starting at 10:00 a.m. At the ceremony will be Governor Dennis Daugaard, Adjutant General Timothy Reisch, the mayors of Pierre and Fort Pierre and Senator John Thune is also expected to attend. Join stations of the Dakota Radio Group for coverage of the ceremony, starting at 10:00 a.m. It will be carried on 1060-AM KGFX, 1300-AM KOLY and 94 Country KPLO. You can also listen to audio by logging into our website at

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