Guard Celebration Set

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In April 2003, soldiers in the unit left for mobilization as part of the homeland defense mission in the continental United States.

While at Fort Bliss, Tex., the soldiers trained on the new Avenger Missile Defense System before deploying to the Washington area to replace an active duty air defense battalion.

The mission of the Air Defense Artillery is to defend against low-altitude aircraft.

Ceremonies to welcome the soldiers home will take place in Newton, Morton, Forest and Bay Springs at 12 noon Saturday.