Soldiers return home after 9 months in Iraq

Soldiers return home after 9 months in Iraq
Families await for their loved ones to return home after being deployed overseas. Source: FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Over 60 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 139th Regional Support Group, returned home to Jackson Barracks in New Orleans  Wednesday.

The New Orleans-based unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq for nine months to provide security, logistics and garrison command in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The 139th, organized in 2006, was originally headquartered at Camp Beauregard in Pineville and relocated to Jackson Barracks in 2010.

The unit saw its first major state activations following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, where they were charged with managing commodity distribution efforts as Task Force Wrangler. The 139th also provided support with disaster food stamp distribution operations, search and rescue, transportation, security and parish liaison missions.

The 139th was also activated during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, Hurricane Isaac and the major floods of 2016.

In 2017, the 139th was activated once again to provide assistance and support for Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

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