175th Battalion returns home from Qatar
Sun, 26 Aug 2012 02:15:00 GMT — An incredible homecoming for a group of soldiers in Columbia Saturday. The 175th Military Police Battalion arrived at Columbia College after coming off the plane Sunday from a long mission in the county of Qatar. The 17th served at several Military bases throughout the country and provided security, escort, transportation between bases and all around the county. And the soldiers' families weren't the only one's excited for them to get back. "Oh, it's been the talk of the base for the last 3 months, said Captain John Van Still with 175th Military Police Battalion. â??I mean, these soldiers couldn't stop talking about their return date, and when it would be and their ceremony, so we had a very excited crew coming back on that bus this morning." When their bus was headed back on I-70, the Patriot Guard Riders joined in by Kingdom City to escort them to their final destination in Columbia. They say it's the least they can do. "It's an honor to be able to come out here to support our veterans and our active duty military and their families for what they've done and what they've given out country ," said Randy Loesch with the Patriot Guard Riders. Army officials we spoke to say that now their period of service is over, many soldiers will now return to their families, jobs, and college classes they left behind when they went over seas.