ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nine soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Detachment 39, Operational Support Airlift returned home on Friday after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

The pilots and aviation operation specialists flew 424 missions which directly supported United States and coalition forces throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

While deployed to Kuwait, the unit conducted aerial transportation and support for Unites States Central Command flying mission to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

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