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Local soldiers home in time for holiday

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Approximately 250 soldiers from the 278th are expected to be back home, just in time for Independence Day. Among those returning home include soldiers from McMinn and Hamilton County.

The Tennessee National Guard has informed Eyewitness News the 181st Forward Support Company, headquartered in Athens and comprised of mostly Hamilton County soldiers, and Lewisburg's "G" Troop.

The Athens unit is scheduled to land at the National Guard's Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The second, from Lewisburg, is due in at 3 p.m.

The soldiers are currently at Camp Shelby, Mississippi as part of their out-processing. The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is returning from Iraq six month earlier than expected. The 278th deployed to Iraq in December of 2009.

The public is invited to be at the Smyrna training site, Building 681, Saturday to welcome the Guardsmen home.  

National Guard officials emphasize that times are subject to change.

All members of the 278th ACR are expected to be home by August.

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