160 Kansas National Guard soldiers are on their way home in time to spend memorial weekend with their family and friends.
Soldiers of the 35th military police company said good-bye to loved ones June of 2007 at Hayden High School.
Friday, May 23 they will be welcomed home in Lee Arena in Petro Allied Health Center on the Washburn University campus, 1700 College Ave., Topeka.
The guardsmen deployed to Iraq to conduct military police operations. They will arrive at approximately noon to be greeted by family and friends.
"We're happy to have them back in Kansas," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general. "These soldiers served honorably and with distinction and have earned time at home with their families."
The unit is headquartered in Topeka and is commanded by Maj. Robert Stinson. Approximately 85 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 635th Armor, headquartered in Manhattan, were transferred to the 35th Military Police Company to augment the unit for this mission along with Soldiers from other Kansas units.