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|Community To Welcome Home Soldiers
|POSTED: 3:30 PM 9/28/09 UPDATED: 5:27PM 9/28/09A Galesburg soldier is one of approximately 200 Illinois Army National Guard troops returning to the area Monday.
Specialist Matthew Unger is part of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat team which has been deployed in Afghanistan for nearly a year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Unger is part of the Troop B, 2nd Battalion, 106th Calvary unit out of Dixon where over twenty troops are scheduled to return. These soldiers are part of the final group of troops who will return from duty with the 33rd Brigade Combat team which marks an end of a historical mobilization. The soldiers were part of the largest overseas deployment of Illinois National Guard Soldiers since World War Two.
Unger's mother Jan, tells WGIL those who know Matthew will be on hand to welcome him back. "Family and some of his friends are going up to Dixon shortly to be there when his bus comes in."
Jan Unger tells WGIL, that's not the only excitement in store for her son.
"We are going to have family here when he gets home and then were going to have an open house for him at our Church this Saturday afternoon."
That open house to celebrate the return of Matthew is scheduled to be held this Saturday at 2pm at First Christian Church on North Broad Street.
Jan Unger says she missed her son just being around the house, knowing he was on the other side of the earth and it is was really hard not having her son around for Christmas.
She says she thinks her son missed her cooking the most as he was stationed on a Spanish base. She says she can't wait to cook him his favorite, chicken and noodles, at some point later this week.
A representative of the family says Unger should arrive back in Galesburg around 7pm Monday night. The family will be taking 74 to 34 and then 34 to Henderson Street where they will then travel down Henderson to Freemont heading east on Freemont to Monroe to reach their residence.
|09 28 09 by Newsroom
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