NC National Guardsmen to return home from overseas

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North Carolina National Guard
More North Carolina National Guard men and women are heading to Puerto Rico to assist with recovery and relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. (Photo: North Carolina National Guard)

GASTONIA, NC (AP) — More than 100 North Carolina National Guardsmen are returning home after serving in Kuwait, Iraq and Syria.

The National Guard said in a news release that members of the 878th Engineer Company will return home Friday at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia.

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The company provided command and control of five engineer platoons that provided specific engineering support to U.S. and allied forces in the three countries. The company constructed base camps and internment facilities and also repaired and maintained other infrastructures.

The unit also has responded to national disasters, including the severe flooding in Georgetown and Columbia, South Carolina, in 2015.