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Members of 229th Engineer Company back in U.S. from Afghanistan

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (WTAQ) - Almost 150 Wisconsin National Guard troops are back in the U.S., after spending nine months in Afghanistan.

Members of Prairie du Chien’s 229th Engineer Company are still being debriefed at Fort Bliss in Texas. They’re expected home soon.

Officials said the unit helped improve the mobility of U.S. troops in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. They worked on improvements to military bases and combat outposts, and they built new and improved roads and chopper pads.

The troops were well-qualified for those jobs. The Guard said many have construction and engineering jobs in their civilian lives.

The company conducted almost 600 missions while in Afghanistan, earning 23 combat action badges.