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Last group of Red Bulls returns today

The final wave of 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls returned home Tuesday from a one-year deployment to Iraq.

The last group of 34th Infantry Division soldiers will return from a year-long deployment today. The group returned to the Rosemount Community Center around 4 p.m.

The public joined family and friends in welcoming the soldiers home.

More than 1,200 National Guard soldiers representing 273 Minnesota Communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls. Soldiers with the Red Bulls have returned home in waves over the last month.

Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq. Headquartered at Contingency Operating Base Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 U.S. Service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces.