Western NY National Guard Soldiers Return from Deployment

Media Advisory

BUFFALO, N.Y. (01/08/2013)(readMedia)-- Approximately 18 more Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team return home today from demobilization at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The returning Soldiers are part of the Headquarters and Company B of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

WHAT: Homecoming reunion for New York Army National Guard Soldiers following their deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

WHO: Approximately 18 Soldiers of 27th Infantry Brigade, along with family and friends will reunite in Buffalo.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 8 at approx. 5 p.m. (Soldiers may arrive up to an hour earlier, news media should call for updates prior to arrival times)

WHERE: New York State Armory, 184 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14213

Media Opportunity:

Imagery of the family reunions as Soldiers return home from nearly a year-long absence. Media representatives must contact Capt. Roger Woodworth 716-523-6982 for access to the facility or updates to the arrival time.

Background:

Approximately 200 more Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team return home to armories in New York City, New Windsor, Latham, Binghamton, Syracuse, Fort Drum, Rochester and Buffalo as families welcome home elements of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Most of the Soldiers deployed with this group served in Kuwait. The Soldiers performed logistics, administrative and security missions while deployed. The 27th Brigade mobilized in January 2012 at Camp Shelby. The unit deployed in support of more than 25 different missions and locations throughout the Middle East.

The remaining 125 Soldiers of the brigade will demobilize and return home in the latter part of January with the last group returning on or about Jan. 28. The final return of the brigade's Soldiers will be using commercial tickets to return them to their hometowns.