2-108th Soldiers Return
Central NY Soldiers Return Home from Afghan Deployment
Media Advisory
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (09/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Approximately 80 Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment arrive back home at their New York Army National Guard armory here for family reunions on Sunday evening.

WHAT: Homecoming reunion for New York Army National Guard Soldiers following their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

WHO: Approximately 80 Soldiers of the 2-108th Infantry, along with family and friends.

WHEN: Sunday, September 23 at approx. 7:30 p.m. Media should contact Capt. Christopher Dewey before 7 p.m for updates to the unit arrival time.

WHERE: New York State Armory, 6900 Thompson Road, Syracuse, N.Y.

Media Opportunity:

Imagery of the family reunions as Soldiers return home from a ten-month absence.

Media representatives must contact Capt. Christopher Dewey at 518-791-9950 for access to the secure facility through the main gate of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base.

Background:

The Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment and Company C of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion deployed to Afghanistan as Task Force Iron to perform a security mission in bases around that country.

The Soldiers completed their demobilization tasks at Camp Shelby, Miss. last week prior to their return home.

The majority of Soldiers will meet with their family members to return home from the armory. About 18 additional Soldiers will be transported back to their home armory in Utica.

The Soldiers were among 1,800 New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team who mobilized in January for service in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry -headquartered in Utica with Soldiers from armories in Ithaca, Ogdensburg, Morrisonville, Ithaca, Saranac Lake, and Gloversville- are returning in two groups.

This contingent, arriving on Sunday, includes troops arriving in Syracuse and Albany, while a second group is expected to return later in the week, around Sept. 27-29.

Another element of the battalion, Company A, based in Geneseo, deployed to Kuwait with other elements of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Those Soldiers will be home later this fall.

Imagery of the unit in Afghanistan is available at www.flickr.com/photos/79800147@N08/
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