- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota National Guard soldiers who have been serving in Afghanistan since January are coming home early as part of a recent drawdown of American forces there.

About one-fourth of the members of the 814th company are returning to the U.S. this week, three months earlier than scheduled. They’re to arrive at Fort Hood in Texas on Friday to go through the demobilization process. They’ll return to North Dakota within two weeks.

About 65 soldiers with the 814th deployed to Afghanistan to provide emergency trauma service and operate troop medical clinics. Another quarter of the unit is to return at the end of the month, with the rest coming back as planned at the end of October.

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