Fort Riley Soldiers Returning from Iraq

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley expects some 230 soldiers to be welcomed home from Iraq Saturday night, with nearly 400 more returning over the next few days.

The troops returning Saturday are with the 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade. They'll be reunited with their families in a ceremony at
6:30 p.m. at Hangar 817.

An additional 220 soldiers from the brigade along with some 150 military
transition team members are expected to return to Fort Riley Monday and Tuesday.

Combat Aviation Brigade members spent the past 15 months in Iraq. They oversaw the operation and maintenance of 200 manned and unmanned aircraft. Fort Riley says the soldiers conducted nearly 18,000 missions, identifying and engaging enemy targets 300 times.

They also discovered or defeated 56 improvised explosive devices and the destroyed more than 125 insurgent vehicles and structures. They also transported personnel and cargo around Multi-National Division North.