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Friday, April 18, 2014

Arrival of 225 Guam Guard soldiers delayed

The scheduled arrival yesterday of about 223 members of the Guam Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment did not push through due to a mechanical problem with the aircraft. Instead, the soldiers are now scheduled to arrive in Guam today, Tuesday, at 12:15am.

The battalion was mobilized in August 2012 for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. The unit left Guam in March of last year for Camp Shelby, MS, where they completed mobilization training prior to arriving in theatre.

Task Force Guam, which is the largest group of reserve component troops to be mobilized and deployed from Guam, provided a vital security force mission. The nearly 600 soldiers, spread out in seven units, were located at key locations throughout Afghanistan.

For the arrival and to ease the reunion between returning soldiers and their families, there will be canopies set up and designated by the soldiers’ unit. Family members are encouraged to find their respective canopy to wait for their soldier.

Please note that this is an outdoor event, is very windy at times, will be very hot and there are no covered areas, seating or drinks provided; therefore, family members and the public should plan accordingly.

Additionally, airport officials are reminding the public that the area is an active runway and all in attendance must adhere to federal regulations and comply with the following: no smoking or vaping (electronic cigarettes); no alcohol; no animals; no hats; no balloons or any items that might be released into the air and become a hazard or danger to the aircrafts.

For information on the arrival, to find out if your soldier is on that plane or what unit they are attached to, the public may contact the Battalion’s Rear Detachment at 735-4661 or the Guard’s Joint Operations Center at 734-4082. (PR)

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