Latham, NY (readMedia) -- Twenty-Five Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team return to the Buffalo area in time for Christmas Eve, after demobilizating at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The Soldiers have been away from home for about a year, and met with families and friends at the Connecticut Street Armory.
They are among 100 National Guard Soldiers will be reunited with their families at armories in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, the Capital Region, New York City, and Newburgh.
Most of the Soldiers deployed with this group served in Kuwait. The Soldiers performed logistics, administrative and security missions while deployed. This group follows the return of 120 Soldiers on Dec. 22 ,and two other groups earlier this month.
1,700 New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 27th Brigade mobilized in January 2012 at Camp Shelby. The unit deployed in support of more than 25 different missions and locations throughout the Middle East.
Some 200 New York National Guard Soldiers remain at Camp Shelby, conducting demobilization while an additional 200 Soldiers remain deployed overseas, preparing to return to the United States later this month or early January.
Demobilization will continue through the holidays, with only Christmas Day set aside as a holiday. Troops will continue to return home into the New Year.