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Big Turnout for Troops in Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – More than 14 months ago, the 224th Engineer Battalion was mobilized as part of the global fight against terrorism. The nearly 500 members of the Fairfield-based unit are now back home with their families after spending the past year in Iraq. The troops were welcomed home during ceremonies held throughout southeast Iowa Saturday. In Keokuk, Wright Fieldhouse was filled with family members, friends, and supporters. Mayor Dave Gudgel said the community will do its best to remember the work done by the soldiers. Four members of the battalion lost their lives while serving in Iraq. None were from the Keokuk detachment. Listen to Jason Parrott's report on the homecoming ceremony by clicking on the audio button above.