This group of hardy Riders gathered at the Post following their “Welcome Home” to New Ulm’s 1st Battalion of the 125th Field Artillery.   The unit is a member of the 1st Brigade of the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division.  That group had the distinction of being the largest deployment of Minnesota National Guard soldiers since world War II.  During their Kuwait deployment the Brigade participated in Operation New Dawn which, as the final phase of the Iraq War, involved moving U.S. forces out of Iraq.  They were away for 50 weeks.  Led by police squad cars, fire trucks, and these Riders the busses passed through hundreds of cheering New Ulmers and pulled up at the Armory.  There was a quick “Thanks for your service and a good job.  Company dismissed.” The soldiers and families rushed to greet each other.
EDITOR:  George L. Glotzbach
CREDITS:  Text: Mankato Free Press   Photo:  Jon Gohr