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FORT HOOD, Texas — They're not all home yet, but 28 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers returned to the United States from the Middle East Jan. 13.

The Soldiers completed an 11-month deployment in specially formed units, the 32nd Military Engagement Team (MET) and the 32nd Base Defense Operations Center (BDOC). The 32nd MET developed relationships with up to 18 partner nations and militaries in and around Kuwait and Jordan. The 32nd BDOC assisted with the security, logistics and administration of camp operations in Kuwait.

"All Soldiers were in good spirits after a long flight," said Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Shields, the Wisconsin Army National Guard's senior enlisted advisor. He and Brig. Gen. Ken Koon, the assistant adjutant general for readiness and training, were on site at Fort Hood to greet the Soldiers as they arrived. "They all were very glad to be back in the U.S. and are looking forward to their welcome home to Wisconsin."

The MET and BDOC Soldiers will complete several days of post-mobilization requirements at Fort Hood before returning to Wisconsin later this month.

Some members of the 32nd BDOC returned to Wisconsin last month, and other Soldiers who deployed with the 32nd MET and 32nd BDOC will remain in the Middle East until a later date, to be determined.