Three Utah groups of reserve component troops are scheduled to return home beginning today and a fourth will officially celebrate its return Saturday. In addition, a Marines reserve unit was reported by relatives to be in the United States.
Some 68 medical reservists with the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base were expected back Friday after being on active duty at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and several other bases since Jan. 16.Fourteen members of the Utah Army National Guard's 120th Quartermaster Detachment in American Fork are expected to arrive at the Salt Lake International Airport at 10:14 a.m. Saturday. The 120th is returning from Saudi Arabia and was called up Aug. 27 in the first wave of activations to affect Utahns.
Gov. Norm Bangerter is expected to be among the officials welcoming that group home, according to Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Bob Nelson.
Twelve members of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron will return to their base at the Salt Lake International Airport at 5 p.m. Monday after working at a small air base at Moron, Spain since Jan. 15.
And 75 soldiers with the Utah Army National Guard's 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Company A, will have a welcome home celebration at the Guard's state headquarters in Draper Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The group returned home March 29.
Relatives of men in Company E, 2nd Marine Light Armored Infantry Battalion -- originally Company C, 4th Light Armored Vehicle Battalion, based in Tooele -- said they have landed in New York Friday. The 100-member unit was activated in November and served in the Middle East throughout the war.
They may be back in Utah within a week, after a short stay at Camp Lejeune, N.C.