110 soldiers with the Aberdeen and Watertown based National Guard units were reunited once again with their families on Saturday. The soldiers returned home to family, friends, military personnel, and special guests during a deactivation ceremony at the Aberdeen Civic Arena.  

Major General Jeff Marlette of the South Dakota National Guard, began by welcoming the troops back home...... 

All of South Dakota's congressional delegation were in attendance and they all spoke at the ceremony. South Dakota's lone Representative to the US House of Representatives, Dusty Johnson spoke about his parents' pride in their military service...... 

Senator Mike Rounds thanked the returning soldiers, their families and employers for the sacrifices they made. Rounds said when a guard unit is activated in South Dakota, it affects the whole community...... 

Senate John Thune said the freedoms we have in this country come at a cost and like the others thank the soldiers..... 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said her staff constantly tells her not to just give out her cell phone number to everybody. Jokingly, she said the night before the soldiers returned, she received several text messages from them asking her to keep her comments short. She did just that, only speaking for a couple of minutes. Noem said that the residents of South Dakota and the entire nation are eternally grateful for the service and dedication of each of the soldiers...... 

South Dakota Army National Guard's Alpha Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion And 147th Forward Support Company served a 10-month deployment to Europe in support of operation Atlantic resolve.