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Guard Unit Returning To Louisville Under Iraq Drawdown

Nearly 50 Kentucky National Guard troops are due to arrive in Louisville tomorrow after a three-month stint in Iraq.Guard Captain Stephen Martin says the returning soldiers are members of the 198th Military Police Battalion."This is part of the drawdown and transferring the military portion of the mission over there to civilian agencies and being able to re-deploy successfully. So we will see the majority of those guys come back to the states," Martin said today.President Obama last month announced the departure of all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year.The returning Louisville-based troops will be honored at a welcome home ceremony tomorrow at the Beuchel Army National Guard Armory.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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