Two-hundred fifteen Minnesota National Guard soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, returned home today (Sunday, April 15). Thirty-five of those soldiers from Hutchinson and the surrounding area came to Hutchinson as their departure point to meet awaiting family and friends.
Army Lt. Col. Rick Schute says “We are very proud of the brigade’s accomplishments in supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn.” Lt. Col. Schute is the officer in charge for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
The Soldiers flew on commercial, military-chartered flights and arrived at the St. Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing at about 9 this morning, then buses carried the soldiers along four different routes with stops at various armories throughout the state, including Hutchinson. The return is the first of many groups returning over the next three weeks.
The Hutchinson dispersal was held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, with a minimum of pomp and circumstance.