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Mo. National Guard unit welcomed home from Qatar

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The unit provided security for military bases and personnel in Qatar. The unit provided security for military bases and personnel in Qatar.
Hundreds of family and friends welcomed home Missouri National Guard members. Hundreds of family and friends welcomed home Missouri National Guard members.
"Oh I'm excited," said Cody McNeely. "Oh I'm excited," said Cody McNeely.
After 10 months, the soldiers are glad to be back home. After 10 months, the soldiers are glad to be back home.
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KENNETT, MO (KFVS) -

There were lots of cheers and tears Saturday in the Bootheel, as 450 soldiers returned home from the Middle East.

Hundreds of family and friends welcomed home Missouri National Guard members of the 1137th Military Police Company at Kennett High School.

The unit provided security for military bases and personnel in Qatar.

Besides their military duty, soldiers volunteered over 500 hours to the community overseas.

After 10 months, the soldiers are glad to be back home.

"Oh I'm excited," said Cody McNeely. "Literally, the first time I've got to see him."

"It's great to see the family," said Leslie Williams. "Family is what the National Guard is all about."

Overall, the unit completed over 264 security related missions during their time in Qatar.

Around 140 soldiers were scheduled to be welcomed home by family and friends Saturday at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.

The 317th Chemical Company, a chemical/radiological decontamination unit, was part of a year long base security mission to Qatar.

More than 350 soldiers from four units were part of that mission.

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