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Third wave of Red Bulls to return Friday

The third wave of the Red Bulls are scheduled to return to the Twin Cities Friday evening following their one-year deployment to Iraq.

About 200 Minnesota Army National Guard's 34th Infantry Division soldiers will return to armories in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater around 7 p.m.

Members of the Washington County and Woodbury Yellow Ribbon Network have been asking the community to attend the homecoming ceremonies to show their support for the soldiers and their families. The returning soldiers are returning home in four waves over a month.

Since May 2009, the Red Bulls have provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq.

Most of their operations have been headquartered at a U.S. military base in the city of Basra.

More than 1,200 citizen soldiers from throughout the state make up the Red Bulls 34th Infantry Division. More than a dozen are from Woodbury.

Last weekend the first of four waves of the returning Red Bulls arrived in Minnesota. The troops are first scheduled to be flown to Fort Lewis, Wash. and then to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Approximate arrival times at each destination:

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

40 Soldiers

Stillwater National Guard Armory

107 E. Chestnut Street

Stillwater, MN 55082

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

80 Soldiers

Rosemount National Guard Armory

13865 South Robert Trail

Rosemount, MN 55068

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

110 Soldiers

Inver Grove Heights National Guard Armory

8076 Babcock Trail

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

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