WASHINGTON, D.C.–After ten months in the Afghan war zone, the contingent of the D.C. Army National Guard's 273rd Military Police Battalion that had been deployed in Afghanistan will return home Oct. 14, the U.S. Army announced Oct. 12.
Starting at 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, 70 soldiers will arrive to the D.C. National Guard Armory.
They served primarily as military police operating out of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. In addition, they managed a dining facility, managed mail operations for the base, conducted logistics and personnel convoys, and provided physical security details to American personnel.
For many of those returning, the deployment marked the second time they had been sent overseas for active duty. In 2003, elements of the unit conducted detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
During the time away, two of the soldiers missed the birth of new babies, the Army said.