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  • National Guard troops returning to Del. City on Saturday

  • More than 100 soldiers will return to Delaware City this weekend, following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
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  • More than 100 soldiers will return to Delaware City this weekend, following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
    Second Lady Jill Biden and the Delaware National Guard will welcome home 127 members of the 153rd Military Police Compan during a special ceremony at the Governor Bacon Parade Field on Kent Avenue starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
    "As a Delaware Army National Guard mom, I couldn't be more proud to be there to help the 153rd Military Pole Company home and say thank you for their service on behalf of our grateful nation," Biden said in a release.
    The 153rd, headquarted at Fort DuPont in Delaware City, had  been scheduled for a year-long active-duty tour, but was able to complete their mission several weeks early before returning to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, where they have remained for a 10-day mobilization process, official said.
    "Clearly, the 153rd was capable of handling [their] Afghan mission, as they did the job and returned home after nine months," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, the adjutant general for the Delaware National Guard. "They were well-trained, well-led and fully prepared.
    The primary mission of the 153rd was to assist and train their Afghan counterparts in security operations, which included setting up roadside checkpoints, securing building projects and conducting walking patrols, officials said.
    More than 1,000 family members, friends and well-wishers are expected to attend Saturday's ceremony.
    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Army Aviation Support Facility at 33 Corporate Circle in New Castle.

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