Soldiers return home from Iraq
Soldiers and families of the 1st Armored Division are reunited during a welcome home event in Wiesbaden June 4.

WIESBADEN, Germany - More than 80 Soldiers with the 1st Armored Division's Special Troops Battalion came home from Iraq June 4.
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"They worked their way out of a job," said Lt. Col. Conrad Wiser, division headquarters rear detachment commander in Wiesbaden, during the welcome home event. Wiser's remark referenced the fact that the 1st AD assumption of operational responsibility in Baghdad and the Al Anbar Province in 2010 was efficiently accomplished.
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So efficiently in fact, some Soldiers got to go home early.
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"Surprised. I was just surprised," said Spc. Shannon Dahl with the Air Missile Defense section of Alpha Company, STB.
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After almost two years in the military and now six months spent in Iraq, Dahl said he was ecstatic to be home with his wife and three sons.
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"I love it," said 10-year-old Taron Dahl of having his father home.
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The Soldiers were expected to complete a seven-day reintegration process to include briefings on finances and relationships.
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Wiser told the crowd of supporters at the welcome home ceremony that a majority of the 80 Soldiers would be gone before the end of the summer having permanent changes of station. The 1st Armored Division Headquarters is slated to move to Fort Bliss in June 2011. Wiser noted that the division will only take about 10 to 20 percent of Soldiers currently in the division to the new location.

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