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National Guard welcomes home over 280 Ohio soldiers

Senior Veteran and Military Affairs Liaison Anthony Eliopoulos speaks on a stage in front of more than 280 soldiers who have returned from deployment overseas.
Shay Frank
More than 280 soldiers return to ohio from deployment in the National Guard.

The National Guard welcomed home more than 280 soldiers on Wednesday at the Christian Life Center in Dayton.

The soldiers from the 371st Sustainment Brigade and the 137th Signal Company returned after nearly nine months of deployment.

Friends and family of the soldiers gathered to greet them and celebrate their achievements.

Staff Sergeant Rachel Schultz said she learned a lot from her first deployment overseas.

“I really feel like I grew my skills for my military job and for skills I could translate to the civilian world. And it was great to get the opportunity to lead the soldiers that I had," she said.

The 371st Sustainment Brigade oversaw material and supply distribution and more during deployment. The 137th Signal Company worked to install, operate and maintain tactical internet.

Shay Frank was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Before working at WYSO, Shay worked as the Arts Writer for the Blade Newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to working at the paper, she worked as a freelancer for WYSO for three years and served as the vice president of the Toledo News Guild. Now located back in the Dayton area, Shay is thrilled to be working with the team at WYSO and reporting for her hometown community.