350 Soldiers Expected Home from War

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Approximately 350 Soldiers from the 1st Infantry
Division Combat Aviation Brigade are expected to return from Iraq Nov.
19 and be reunited with their Families in two ceremonies at 4:30 p.m.
and 9 p.m. at Hangar 817.

The majority of the Soldiers (over 300) are expected to take part in the earlier ceremony.

The main body of the Combat Aviation Brigade began returning to Fort
Riley on Nov. 13. The brigade expects to have the majority of its
personnel home and reintegrated by mid-December.

During its 15-month tour in Iraq, the brigade oversaw the operation and
maintenance of 200 manned and unmanned aircraft. The brigade's Soldiers conducted nearly 18,000 missions, identifying and engaging enemy targets 300 times.

CAB Soldiers also were responsible for the discovery or defeat of 56
improvised explosive devices and the destruction of more than 125
insurgent vehicles and structures. In addition, the brigade was
responsible for transporting more than 91,000 personnel and about 4,000 tons of cargo around Multi-National Division North.

Fort Riley officials warn ceremony times are tentative and subject to change without notice. Check the ceremonies link at www.riley.army.mil for the most up-to-date information.