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Nash National Guard troops return home

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GREENSBORO — A state National Guard unit that includes soldiers from Nash County has returned quietly from its overseas assignment.

The N.C. Army National Guard’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted a small welcome-home ceremony at the Koury Center in Greensboro on Nov. 7. There were very few attendees due to COVID-19 restrictions, said Lt. Col. Matt DeVivo, public affairs officer for the N.C. National Guard.

The unit deployed in fall 2019 to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The year-long mission sustained theater readiness to conduct unified land operations and to support partner nations in making the region safer.

The 30th Armored Brigade has more than 4,200 soldiers assigned, the bulk of whom are North Carolinians. The remaining soldiers hail from South Carolina, West Virginia and Ohio.

The unit has deployed overseas five times since 9/11. The most recent deployment is the third time the entire brigade mobilized with all its personnel and equipment.