COLUMBIA— Last September, the 175th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Columbia, deployed over 70 soldiers to the small west Asia country of Qatar.
Saturday, they will be reunited with family and friends they left almost one year ago.
A welcome home ceremony will be held for the battalion at noon at Columbia College’s Bass Commons, south of the St. Clair Administration Building on campus.
Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to attend, as is Maj. Gen. Stephan Danner of the Missouri National Guard.
“You can expect a very big crowd,” said Maj. Tammy Spicer, public affairs officer for the Missouri National Guard. “These are a lot of families that have been missing their loved ones for a long time.”
The soldiers with the 175th battalion are among more than 450 soldiers deployed from across the state that will also come home this weekend, including companies from Hannibal, Moberly, Kennett and St. Louis County.
The battalion was responsible for approximately 240 transportation missions, in which soldiers were shuttled to and from the airport for R&R.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Columbia College’s Launer Auditorium.