950th Troops Return to Superior From Afghanistan

Community Lined Hammond Ave. for Homecoming

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Nearly 100 Wisconsin Army National Guard troops are home after an eight month deployment to Afghanistan.

They received a warm welcome from the Superior community Friday night as hundreds of people lined Hammond Avenue with flags, signs and full hearts ready for the homecoming.

Sgt. William Shafer met his baby son for the first time after stepping off the bus onto Wisconsin soil.

“I couldn’t talk – there were just tears, just tears,” he said. “Happy, anxious. I’m going to go home and hold my son.”

Other looked forward to the comforts of home.

“When it comes down to natural settings of like, home. My house, my dog, quiet. That’s when it’s going to sink in. I’m probably just going to be lost,” said Sgt. Ray Heilman.

The 950th Engineer Company deployed October 2014 with route clearance as its main mission.


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