Photo from the welcoming of the first part of the battalion before Christmas

Jan 1, 2016 11:03 AM

New Hampshire National Guard members return from Middle East

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — About 120 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will be home in time to celebrate the New Year.

The members of the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Regiment, are scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon at the Manchester armory. Another 100 soldiers will be coming home the next day.

The troops deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Spartan Shield, a training mission coordinated by the U.S. Army. The New Hampshire guard members conducted artillery training.

It was the first time a National Guard field artillery battalion was used to support the operation.

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