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151st troops near home stretch of deployment

MONTEVIDEO -- Area soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery in Kuwait are approaching the home stretch of their deployment.

Commanders with the unit spoke to local reporters during a conference call Thursday, according to Capt. John Hobot, public affairs officer with the Minnesota National Guard.

The units from Montevideo, Appleton, Marshall, Madison, Olivia, Morris and Ortonville are based in Kuwait and provide convoy and force protection throughout Iraq.

Since their deployment, they have successfully conducted 580 convoy missions covering 1.7 million miles without an accident or injury, the commanders reported. The Minnesota troops are expected to begin training their replacements next month.

There are approximately 560 area soldiers deployed with the 151st, which is headquartered in Montevideo. Details of their return are not yet known, but they are expected to arrive home sometime in April.