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Aug 27, 2013 3:12 PM by Brian White

'B Company' returns home to Marana

MARANA - A big welcome home for 37 men and women serving Arizona's National Guard.

The group arrived home around 11 Tuesday morning in Marana after a recent tour in Afghanistan.

B Company, 1st Battalion, 285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion of the Arizona Army National Guard will be welcomed home in a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 27, following their return from deployment to Afghanistan. The 37 Soldiers will arrive at the Arizona Army National Guard Western Aviation Training Site near Marana, Ariz., after their transit from Ft. Hood, Texas. This is the unit's second deployment since 2007 in support of overseas contingency operations.

Army Maj. Gen. Hugo E. Salazar, The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard, will be the presiding officer for this ceremony which will include family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and other well-wishers.

B Company safely executed over 3500 flight hours in the execution of over 750 combat missions as the only U.S. Attack Helicopter asset in Regional Command West.

They had over 15 engagements and were responsible for taking out multiple high value targets, increasing the security and stability for the entire region.

B Company set the standard by maintaining a greater than 85% operational readiness rate and executing 100% of their assigned missions with zero accidents.

They completed more than 3,500 flight hours and carried out more than 750 combat missions.

News 4 reporter Nathan O'Neal has the story coming up at 4 p.m. Follow him on Twitter @NateOneal.

Over 475 Arizona Army and Air National Guard members are still serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Far East, and within the continental U.S. Over 12,000 have been called to federal active service since Sept. 11, 2001.

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