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June 9, 2008
R.I. National Guard unit returns today
Members of the Rhode Island Air National Guard are set to return to the Ocean State this morning after a 6-month deployment in Saudi Arabia.
The 25 members of the 143rd Airlift Wing’s 143 Security Forces Squadron are set to arrive at Quonset Point Air National guard Base at 11 a.m. today.
The unit was deployed in December and worked on airbase ground defense and law enforcement for a housing area for U.S. forces in the Riyadh area.
The 143rd Squadron was the first National Guard unit in Rhode Island to deploy after the attacks of Sept. 11, leaving for command headquarters in Florida by Sept. 16. Since then they have been continuously deployed, serving in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Guantanamo Bay.
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