More Soldiers Return Home

The Kentucky National Guard says more soldiers from the 623rd Field Artillery will be returning home this weekend.

After serving a year in Iraq, the members of Battery-B, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery will arrive at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville on Saturday, January 21.

The 180 soldiers provided security and convoy escorts for the United States Army in support of Operation: Iraqi Freedom.

The unit suffered two fatalities during its tour of duty.

Sergeant Jonathan Hughes of Lebanon, died when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device during an escort patrol for a convoy near Baghdad.

Sergeant Ryan Montgomery of Greensburg died as a result of injuries sustained from another IED while on duty near the Iraqi city of Balad.

The battery is composed of soldiers from Campbellsville, Monticello, and surrounding communities.