Minn. National Guard soldiers return home


The final wave of the Minnesota National Guard 147th Human Resource Company returns home Sunday.

The Associated Press says 24 soldiers in charge of military postal operations in Afghanistan will be honored at a ceremony in Arden Hills. The company handled 100,000 pounds of incoming mail and 30,000 pounds of outgoing mail each day.

In early November, 18 members of the company serving in Kuwait returned. KARE 11 reported the soldiers were also helping with the troop drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The United States maintains approximately 66,000 troops in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has not decided how large the military force will be in the country post-2014. NBC News says the residual force could be less than 10,000.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that batting Al-Qaida remains a core U.S. mission for years to come.

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