Welcome home ceremony set today for Guardsmen

The sixth Agribusiness Development Team (ADT VI) has returned from deployment to Afghanistan and will be officially welcomed home at 10 a.m. today at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.

Both soldiers and airmen with specific civilian skills volunteered for the deployment, which left in March to support agribusiness reconstruction and development in the Nangarhar Province.

ADT VI was combined with an existing Provincial Reconstruction Team during mobilization.

Soon after arriving in country, Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields was attacked, resulting in numerous team members receiving medals and awards.

No fatalities or life-threatening injuries resulted.

This past May, a ceremony at the base marked the end of the Missouri National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team’s mission.

Some members of the ADT VI team returned home earlier. And a few members will remain overseas supporting the Afghan government.

The Missouri National Guard’s agribusiness teams, which served as a pilot for the national bureau to replicate such teams with other states, completed several successful projects during its tenure in Afghanistan.

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