Twenty-one members of an Iowa-based Army Reserve unit who have been on active duty for nearly two years in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks are scheduled to return to Iowa on Monday., Aug 4.
The soldiers, part of the 4249th Military Police Company from Pocahontas, a port security unit, have been stationed at Sunny Point, N.C. guarding the ocean terminal there.
The 4249th was one of the very first Army Reserve units mobilized after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Forty-two of the company's soldiers demobilized last August: the 21 soldiers still on duty volunteered to extend their service when the unit scheduled to replace them, was shorthanded.
Once back home, the Pocahontas reservists will be on duty for about three more days, completing outprocessing and administrative duties. A welcome-home ceremony is being planned for Wednesday, Aug 6.