Logistics and weather tie up Montana National Guard homecoming

Billings Gazette

After a year overseas and a couple of weeks stateside, 350 Montana Army National Guard soldiers are finally returning to their families the day before Veterans Day.

The Montana Army National Guard made the first public announcement Wednesday in a Facebook post, but that post also appeared to be the first time the Guard informed families of the arrival times and places for some of the members of the 163rd Combined Arms Battalion and 631st Chemical Company.

The post was also only specific about the times and places of 200 of those soldiers, which left many families feeling helpless as they tried to discover when and where they could meet their loved one.

Around 90 soldiers were to arrive Thursday morning in Missoula and about 110 soldiers would be arriving in Bozeman, the post said. The other 100 soldiers would be flying to the airports closest to their homes.

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But many in the comments on the post were not happy about the lack of communication from the Guard on the homecomings.

“Sure wish the Helena people would know IF they can come home too!” wrote one family member

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