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Remaining members of 1729th National Guard unit to return to Havre de Grace

The remnants of a Maryland Army National Guard unit that largely returned to Havre de Grace at the start of this month are set to come back in the coming days.

About 10 members of the 166-troop 1729th Fuel Support Maintenance Command did not return home to the Havre de Grace Armory on Old Bay Lane with the rest of the unit at the start of December.

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Lt. Col. Charles Kohler, spokesman for the Maryland National Guard, said the remaining troops will return in "onesies and twosies," not enough people to garner a welcome ceremony.

He said they should all be back before Christmas.

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President Barack Obama's deadline to withdraw all troops from Iraq is Dec. 31, a decision that has accelerated the end of many deployments.

In Iraq, "their main job was to provide maintenance on vehicles and equipment," Kohler said earlier about the FSMC command.

The troops were originally deployed in February and were expected to stay a year. That, however, was before the new troop withdrawal deadline was announced by the president.

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