Mar 31, 2010 4:36 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

400 Colorado guardsmen home from Iraq

The largest Colorado Army National Guard contingent to deploy since World War II has returned from Iraq.

More than 400 Soldiers of the Guard's 3-157 FA were in Ramadi for a year. The soldiers performed personnel security missions for the Department of State, convoy operations, and base life support and defense operations.

The soldiers live throughout Colorado. The battalion's units are based at armories in Aurora, Longmont, Pueblo and Colorado Springs.

The battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Al Morris of Centennial, was responsible for the day-to-day security and operations in Camp Ramadi as well as for providing maintenance support to adjacent units. However, the primary mission was to provide security detachments for meetings between U.S. State Department officials and Iraqi leaders.

A Welcome Home Ceremony will be held for the soldiers in Broomfield Thursday afternoon.


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