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Wisconsin National Guard soldiers return from Ukraine

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Approximately 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers who were stationed in Ukraine for 10 months returned to the U.S. Thursday.

The returning Soldiers represent the last of more than 150 Soldiers from the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters who deployed to Ukraine’s Combat Training Center – Yavoriv last November where they served as the headquarters element for the training group at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center.

The troops landed at Fort Bliss, Texas, where they spent two weeks in quarantine before returning home to Wisconsin.

Nathan Weier told 27 News being stationed overseas during a pandemic felt surreal.

"When we left for deployment, we were going to have a lot more opportunities, maybe take leave and see some of Europe" Weier said. "We got within maybe hours of seeing each other, my wife and I, and then COVID happened."

"So no Paris," Nathan's wife, Anne, added.

Because of the virus, Nathan and about 15 other soldiers were flown to Madison instead of Volk Field for a traditional welcome home ceremony. The group was welcomed by family and friends, along with McFarland firefighters, who Nathan worked with before deployment.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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