Ceremony to welcome back troops

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Approximately 50 hometown members of the 1186 Military Police Company Oregon Army National Guard will be honored today for completing a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The unit began its tour in October 2011 and returned home about two weeks ago, 1st Lt. Maribel Ortega said.

Today, the members will attend a variety of classes and work groups designed to help military person adjust to re-entry into civilian life.

The honor ceremony will follow at 3 p.m. at McLoughlin High School Gymnasium, 120 S. Main St.

Also to be honored today will be Jessica Morris, the Family Readiness Group coordinator.

A Family Readiness group consists of family members, volunteers and military personnel belonging to a unit who all provide a variety of support programs for members and their families.

The 1186 Military Police Company was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where the company provided protection and policing at Camp Eggers, Camp Phoenix, Bala Hassar and the New Kabul Compound.

Members of the company also worked as advisory teams for local and national Afghan police forces.

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