South Dakota National Guard To Welcome Home 15 Pierre-based Soldiers Saturday

A welcome home ceremony is planned for 15 Soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 200th Engineer Company Saturday at the T.F Riggs High School Theater in Pierre. The public is invited to attend as members with the Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge-based unit return from a nine month deployment to Syria. Speakers for the ceremony include South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Pierre Mayor Steve Harding and Major General Tim Reisch the adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard. While deployed, the 200th Soldiers deployed as a bridge training team, where they emplaced and repaired bridges throughout the region to ensure freedom of movement for U.S. military and coalition forces. The Soldiers returned to the United States May 11th when they arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Soldiers have been finishing demobilization requirements before to returning back to South Dakota. This is the third deployment for the 200th since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. They have previously been deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012. The ceremony Saturday begins at five PM.