Vermont Guard soldiers due back in U.S. on Thursday night

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About 185 Vermont Army National Guardsmen and woman are on their way home from Iraq. National Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Veronica Saffo says the soldiers were in Ireland early Thursday afternoon, where their plane was refueled before their flight to Fort Dix, New Jersey.

The soldiers will be at Fort Dix for several days before they return to Vermont, probably some time next week. The soldiers from the first battalion of the 86th Field Artillery regiment were in Iraq for about 11 months. The National Guard members are due to land in New Jersey Thursday night.

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