COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- About 400 members of a South Carolina Army National Guard aviation unit are returning home after a seven-month deployment to Iraq and Kuwait.
Members of the 1/151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion return to Columbia Friday. The unit is headquartered at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.
The unit left in May for four months of training at Fort Hood, Texas, and then deployed to Iraq. As U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq in December, the soldiers shifted to Kuwait.
In Iraq, the unit flew AH-64D Apache helicopters on reconnaissance missions for military units moving in and out of the country. While in Kuwait, the unit flew reconnaissance missions along the coast and trained with members of the Kuwaiti Air Force.