Regional
3:05 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

White Sands Soldiers Return Home

Las Cruces – Some 150 soldiers from an Army battalion based in New Mexico are home from Afghanistan.

The soldiers from the 2nd Engineer Battalion returned to White Sands Missile Range about 2 a.m. Sunday after a deployment of about a year.

Forty-nine members of the battalion returned earlier, and officials say a welcome home ceremony will wait until all of the soldiers who were deployed at back at the southern New Mexico missile range.

Two soldiers from the battalion were killed in Afghanistan.

On Feb. 8, 32-year-old Spec. Nathan Carse of Harrod, Ohio, was killed in Kandahar province when insurgents attacked his patrol unit with an improvised explosive device.

Last October, 27-year-old Sgt. Brian Pedro of Rosamond, Calif., died in Pol-e-Khumri when insurgents attacked with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.