Alabama Soldiers Return Home

It is "Sweet Home Alabama" Friday for 135 Army National Guard soldiers. They are returning to mobile Friday morning after spending a year in Iraq.

The soldiers of the 690th Chemical Company are coming back to Mobile Friday morning.

There's a welcome home ceremony at the Fort Whiting Armory.  That's at 16-30 south broad Street in Mobile at 11 am Friday morning.

Family, friends, local officials, and Governor Bob Riley will be on hand to thank the military members for their service.

Governor Riley actually visited this group in Iraq. He was there in March and spoke to the soldiers of the 690th.

Normally these troops are responsible for helping other soldiers with any chemical contamination problems, but that's not what they did on their year-long tour.

Instead - the unit was tasked with security duty for government officials and coalition forces in the Baghdad area.

The soldiers are returning to Alabama Friday - but they've been in the United States for three days now.

The unit arrived at Camp Shelby, Mississippi on January second but could not be released to their families.

Reporter: Stacy Neumann