Prairie du Chien soldiers return to Volk Field Thursday

About 150 members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 229th Engineer Company will be back in the state on Thursday afternoon.

On June 30, the group, based in Prairie du Chien, arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The 229th Engineer Company is scheduled to arrive at Volk Field early Thursday afternoon. Governor Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin National Guard officials will join family and friends in welcoming the troops home. The event is not open to the public.

The Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard says the 229th Engineer Company was responsible for expanding forward operating bases and combat outposts as well as building and improving roads, helicopter pads and other surfaces.

The unit previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and Operation Desert Storm in 1990.