Litchfield Based Soldiers Return 02 Jun 14

Eighty-six soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s, Litchfield based 849th Mobility Augmentation Company return home tomorrow (Tuesday) after an eleven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The company cleared more than 8,000 kilometers of main supply routes, alternate supply routes, and tertiary routes throughout 22,000 square kilometers of the Kandahar and Uruzgan Provinces, while reducing nine improvised explosive devices.

One notable was the company’s role in the 2014 Afghan presidential elections. The 849th Mobility Augmentation Company performed 72 hours of continuous operations to include route clearance and combined arms breaching in support of Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials. The 849th’s efforts allowed for the establishment of a voter polling site for the 2014 Afghan presidential elections.

The return of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company will be Tuesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Civic Center, 900 North Gilman Avenue, Litchfield. The soldiers will be bused in, and will be escort through town by the local emergency and law enforcement cycles and welcomed by the Patriot Guard.