TODAY: (Updated 4:08 p.m.) A major homecoming celebration is planned for Wednesday in Waterloo as 640 Iowa Army National Guard soldiers return from an extended tour of duty in Iraq.

A news release from the Iowa National Guard about the homecoming and the troops that were deployed is below.

Several Quad-City area soldiers were deployed with the National Guard in this mission. If you have a relative who served as part of this mission and you are going to the homecoming, we would like to talk with you. Call the City Desk at (563) 383-2450 or email newsroom@qctimes.com and leave contact information.

Iowa National Guard news release:

COMMUNITY HOMECOMING CEREMONY PLANNED

FOR 1st BATTALION, 133rd INFANTRY SOLDIERS

A community homecoming ceremony for approximately 640 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers mobilized with the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, at Riverfront Stadium, 850 Park Road, Waterloo.

The public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend this homecoming ceremony, and well wishers are invited to greet the buses as they travel from Fort McCoy, Wis. The buses will travel south from Ft. McCoy on U.S. Highway 61 to Dubuque, then west on U.S. Highway 20 to Waterloo, then north on U.S. Highway 218 to Ainsborough Avenue, then northeast onto West Conger Street, then south on Burton Avenue, and then east on Park Road to Riverfront Stadium.

Deployment background information

The 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry ("Ironman Battalion"), is comprised of units located in Waterloo, Iowa (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Detachment 1 of Company B), Dubuque, Iowa  (Companies A and D), Oelwein, Iowa, (Company B), Iowa Falls, Iowa, (Company C), and Charles City, Iowa, (Detachment 1 of Headquarters and Headquarters Company). 

The Iowans were mobilized in September and October 2005, departing Iowa for their mobilization station at Camp Shelby, Miss. Following additional training, they then deployed to Iraq and the Central Command (CENTCOM) theater of operations in support of the global war on terrorism in March and April 2006. The mission tasked to the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry was convoy security in the western region of the Iraqi theater of operations. The official start of this mission occurred on May 1, 2006.

Since May 2006, the Ironman Battalion provided security for more than 500 combat logistical patrols.  They escorted 62,000 trucks more than 4.1 million vehicle miles in the Al Anbar province, Iraq; these loads carried 169 million gallons of fuel into Iraq, or more than one-third of the fuel used within the Iraqi theater of operations by coalition forces.

Two members of Company C, Sgt. 1st Class Scott E. Nisely, 48, of Marshalltown, and Sgt. Kampha B. Sourivong, 20, of Iowa City, were killed during combat operations on September 30, 2006 near Al Asad, Iraq.

Soldiers from the following Iowa Army National Guard units were also mobilized to support the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry during this operation:

-1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery (comprised of units located in Fort Dodge (Headquarters and Headquarters Battery), Storm Lake (Detachment 1 of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery), Spencer (Battery A), Algona (Battery B), and Estherville (Battery C));

-Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (Sioux City) and Troop F (Waterloo), 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry;

-1168th Transportation Company (Red Oak and Perry);

-2168th Transportation Company (Sheldon and Cedar Rapids);

-1133rd Transportation Company (Mason City);

-2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (Boone);

-Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Davenport) and Company B (Davenport), 334th Forward Support Battalion;

-2133rd Transportation Company (Centerville and Muscatine);

-834th Engineer Company (Davenport);

-1034th Quartermaster Company (Camp Dodge);

-1st Battalion, 109th Aviation (Boone);

-3654th Maintenance Company (Chariton, Oskaloosa, and Knoxville);

-3657th Maintenance Company (Camp Dodge);

-734th Maintenance Battalion (Camp Dodge);

-185th Rear Operations Center (Camp Dodge);

-186th Military Police Company (Camp Dodge);

-Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Council Bluffs), 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry; and

-Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (Newton), 554th Quartermaster Battalion.

Additionally, the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry was augmented with approximately 220 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, West St. Paul, Minn. (Company A) and Winona, Minn. (Company C), Minnesota Army National Guard.

While the Department of Defense (DoD) mobilization policy directs mobilized National Guard and Reserve members to remain in the CENTCOM theater for a minimum of 12 months, in January 2007, the DoD extended the Iraq deployment of National Guard and Reserve units involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, serving as part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, was among those units chosen for a four-month extension in the Iraq theater of operations.

The core mission of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry is to conduct close combat with enemy forces and provide security of key terrain, facilities, and installations. The 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry last deployed in 2003-04 for the Multinational Force and Observers ("MFO") peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Desert.

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