111th Ordnance Group coming home from Iraq

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Army National Guard's 111th Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) out of Opelika is returning from their year-long tour in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

A redeployment ceremony for the unit is planned in Opelika at Fort Alfred C. Harrison. That's located at 300 Consumer Avenue.

The public is invited to attend and show support for the 111th Soldiers and their families.

Tentative plans are for the ceremony to take place Thursday at 11am on January 27. Authorities say travel times and demobilization requirements make the time subject to change with little notice, but attempts to provide updates will be made if needed.

In Iraq, the 111th provided command and control for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) battalions as the headquarters for Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Troy, a counter improvised explosive device task force.

The 111th was the first and only Army National Guard unit to serve as the CJTF Troy headquarters element. While serving as the CJTF headquarters, the 111th commanded more than 800 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and civilians, and controlled more than 80 EOD teams.