Vermont National Guard Units Beginning To Return Home

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — More than 300 Vermont National Guard soldiers are beginning to return to the state, many after nearly a year deployed overseas.

The first of the soldiers are due to return on Wednesday. All are scheduled to be home by Dec. 10.

The 172nd Law Enforcement Detachment deployed in January 2021 to support US Europe Command. Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of the 172nd Infantry (Mountain) departed in February for the U.S. Central Command.

The two units were the first of several to deploy throughout the first half of 2021, with a total of more than 950 Vermonters deploying to various locations across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

The soldiers of the the law enforcement detachment operated as the primary law enforcement element on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania.

The soldiers from the 3rd Battalion participated in a variety of missions, including assisting with security at the Kabul during the August evacuations from Afghanistan.

“I am incredibly proud of these Vermonters and their families for the work they all put in to accomplish their missions over the last 10 months,” said Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement.