About 80 soldiers of the Mississippi Army National Guard's Company G, 185th Aviation Unit are scheduled to return to their armory in Meridian Friday evening.
The unit has completed a one-year tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Over 100 soldiers of Company G were mobilized in January of 2003 for duty in Iraq.
The unit's mission was to move troops and cargo, conduct heavy lift for combat equipment and damaged aircraft recovery.
The pilots fly the CH-47 Chinook helicopter that is the primary heavy lift aircraft for the U.S. Army.
The remaining 22 soldiers of Company G are scheduled to return on March 1.
The unit is expected to arrive at the armory in Meridian at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday.
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