- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Nine soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard are returning home from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers from the 242nd Engineer Detachment of Niantic are expected back Tuesday afternoon at the National Guard’s aviation center at Windsor Locks.

The unit provided construction management support for the consolidation of operating bases during the drawdown of coalition forces in Afghanistan. It was the first deployment for the detachment, which received federal recognition in 2011.

The Connecticut National Guard currently has 23 soldiers and airmen deployed to southwest Asia. Over the next 15 months, some 225 additional guard troops from the state are expected to deploy overseas to places including Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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