Army Reserve Soldiers to Return From Afghanistan

More than 26 of the reserve members remained in Afghanistan, likely until December, to manage operations

Sunday, Sep 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:34 PM EDT
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About 100 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers returning from Afghanistan will be honored in a welcome home ceremony in Miami Sunday night, an army official announced.

The 841st Engineer Battalion will be welcomed by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her husband and former Army Ranger, Dexter Lehtinen, according to Janette Chandler with the U.S. Army.

The ceremony was originally scheduled at the Miami-Dade College North Campus at 3 p.m. but was moved to the William Reserve Center at 2 a.m. due to plane problems.

The battalion is credited with security and route-clearance missions and the largest troop-based construction project in the region, now known as Camp John Pratt, an official said.

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The Army said the battalion was one of the first groups in history to launch multiple, successful direct-messaging campaigns to reach Afghan civilians. The campaigns included flyers, billboards and TV commercials.

More than 26 of the reserve members remained in Afghanistan, likely until December, to manage operations.

The ceremony will be held at 11700 NE 27th Ave.

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