Homecoming ceremony planned for returning soldiers

833rd Engineer Company of the Iowa National Guard Unit at deployment to Afghanistan

The public is invited to attend a homecoming ceremony for an Ottumwa-based Iowa Army National Guard unit that has been serving in Afghanistan.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evans Middle School gym in Ottumwa.

They'll mark the return of soldiers mobilized from the 833rd Engineer Company with a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs, constructing protective positions and other duties.

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