In this 2014 file photo, members of the 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Shiloh, prepared to send over 200 guardsmen on the homeland defense mission known as Operation Noble Eagle in Washington D.C. A deployment ceremony was held for them at Tri County Assembly of God in Fairfield, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Ohio Army National Guardsmen to return home after defense mission

Ohio Army National Guard soldiers will return home after a nearly year-long deployment as part of the Columbus-based 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the service branch says.

Thirty-five soldiers will have a public homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg.

The unit deployed to the Washington, D.C., region as part of Operation Noble Eagle.

Unit soldiers have deployed four times since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. On its most recent mission, the soldiers had oversight of radar, ground-based air defense systems and communications equipment, the Army Guard said.

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