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Superior-based 950th Engineer Company back in U.S. after deploying to Afghanistan

The Wisconsin Army National Guard's Superior-based 950th Engineer Company is back in the United States after a deployment to Afghanistan. About 100 members of the battalion touched down in Fort Bliss, Texas, on Monday morning, according to Maj. P...

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The Wisconsin Army National Guard's Superior-based 950th Engineer Company is back in the United States after a deployment to Afghanistan.

About 100 members of the battalion touched down in Fort Bliss, Texas, on Monday morning, according to Maj. Paul Rickert, director of communications for the Wisconsin National Guard.

The soldiers departed Superior last October and deployed to Afghanistan to clear improvised explosive devices from roads.

The company, which is headquartered in Superior with a detachment armory in Spooner, will go through a demobilization process, Rickert said. Once that is complete, they will be flown back to Wisconsin.

Rickert said he expected the soldiers to return home within the next week or two; more information will be released as the time for their return gets closer.

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The 950th "completed 110 route clearance missions and provided 24-hour security for Forward Operating Base Oqab and at Kandahar Airfield. It also helped confirm and destroy one of the largest weapons caches ever discovered in Parwan Province in Afghanistan," the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs reported.

The deployment was the unit's first to Afghanistan; it previously deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2010.

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