Ceremony Thursday to welcome home 90 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Around 90 Soldiers assigned to a Lincoln-based Nebraska Army National Guard headquarters detachment will be welcomed home from a nine-month deployment to Iraq during a ceremony scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.

The Soldiers are members of the 1st Infantry Division Main Command Post – Operational Detachment – commonly called a MCPOD – a new type of unit that is designed to augment and enhance an active Army division headquarters staff during mobilizations. The detachment has a number of Soldiers assigned to it who are specialists in such areas as intelligence, legal affairs, infantry, artillery, aviation, signal, administration, military police, engineers, chemical, logistics and public affairs.

The MCPOD first formed in the spring of 2016 and then participated in several major training exercises with their active Army counterparts at Fort Riley, Kansas, before being mobilized last August.

On Thursday, the Soldiers will be welcomed home from the deployment during a ceremony that will be open to the general public. Among the state and military officials expected to welcome the Soldiers home are Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general.

Due to heightened security at the ceremony site, officials are encouraging the public to plan for increased traffic and random security inspections.