40 Oklahoma Soldiers To Return From Afghanistan

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - More than 40 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are scheduled to return home after serving a tour in Afghanistan.

The Guard says this is the second group of soldiers returning to Oklahoma as the United States begins to draw down its forces in Afghanistan. The soldiers are part of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and are expected to arrive at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Brig. Gen. Robbie L. Asher are expected to speak at the ceremony.

Nearly 2,200 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from the 45th Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in June and are currently serving there.

The majority of the brigade is expected to return in March.